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1. often sybarite A person devoted to pleasure and luxury; a voluptuary.
2. A native or inhabitant of Sybaris.

[Latin Sybarīta, native of Sybaris, from Greek Subarītēs, from Subaris, Sybaris (from the notorious luxury of its inhabitants).]

syb′a·rit·ism (-rĭ-tĭz′əm) n.


(sometimes capital) a devotee of luxury and the sensual vices
luxurious; sensuous
[C16: from Latin Sybarīta, from Greek Subaritēs inhabitant of Sybaris]
sybaritic, ˌsybaˈritical adj
ˌsybaˈritically adv
ˈsybariˌtism n


1. (Placename) a native or inhabitant of the ancient Greek colony of Sybaris
2. (Peoples) a native or inhabitant of the ancient Greek colony of Sybaris
3. (Historical Terms) a native or inhabitant of the ancient Greek colony of Sybaris


(ˈsɪb əˌraɪt)

1. (usu. l.c.) a person devoted to luxury and pleasure.
2. a native or resident of Sybaris.
[1590–1600; < Latin Sybarīta < Greek Sybaritēs. See Sybaris, -ite1]
syb′a•rit•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sybarite - a person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses
sensualist - a person who enjoys sensuality


also Sybarite
A person devoted to pleasure and luxury:


[ˈsɪbəraɪt] Nsibarita mf


n (form)Genussmensch m
References in classic literature ?
But pray don't think I am a sybarite. My father was a clerk in the Ministry of Finances with no position at all.
"A man who has only one hour longer to live must be a great Sybarite still to want anything, my dear Rosa."
Not to speak it harshly or scornfully, it seemed Clifford's nature to be a Sybarite. It was perceptible, even there, in the dark old parlor, in the inevitable polarity with which his eyes were attracted towards the quivering play of sunbeams through the shadowy foliage.
This official sybarite dressed, dined, and visited a dozen or fifteen salons between eight at night and three in the morning.
My old acquaintances in Paris, or the she-coxcombs on whom I used to dance attendance, would be puzzled to recognize in me the man who had a certain vogue in his day, the sybarite accustomed to all the splendor, luxury, and finery of Paris.
Far from the crimes and the mysteries of the great city, the illustrious thief-taker was placidly living out the last Sybarite years of his life, smothered in roses!
'Have I detected you in another feast, you Sybarite! These Doctors' Commons fellows are the gayest men in town, I believe, and beat us sober Oxford people all to nothing!' His bright glance went merrily round the room, as he took the seat on the sofa opposite to me, which Mrs.
We will discuss them side by side as sybarites, hang ourselves around with cigarette smoke, drink wine, and presently coffee.
He reflected on it a good deal during the day, and, running across Sigsbee, a fellow Cape Pleasanter, after dinner that night at the Sybarites' Club, he spoke of the matter to him.
"Dear Duchess," he said, "I think that you are a nation of sybarites. Everything in the world must run for you so smoothly or you are not content.
And from what I hear about those Guvutu sybarites, the best time to shop will be in the morning.
And from all about rose the low and sleepy hum of mountain bees--feasting Sybarites that jostled one another good-naturedly at the board, nor found time for rough discourtesy.