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n. pl. vo·lup·tu·ar·ies
A person whose life is given over to luxury and sensual pleasures; a sensualist: "an adventurous voluptuary, angling in all streams for variety of pleasures" (Thomas De Quincey).

[French voluptuaire, from Old French, from Late Latin voluptuārius, variant of Latin voluptārius, devoted to pleasure, from voluptās, pleasure; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]

vo·lup′tu·ar′y adj.
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n, pl -aries
a person devoted or addicted to luxury and sensual pleasures
of, relating to, characterized by, or furthering sensual gratification or luxury
[C17: from Late Latin voluptuārius delightful, from Latin voluptās pleasure]
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(vəˈlʌp tʃuˌɛr i)

n., pl. -ar•ies,
adj. n.
1. a person devoted to the pursuit and enjoyment of luxury and sensual pleasure.
2. of, pertaining to, or characterized by preoccupation with luxury and sensual pleasure.
[1595–1605; < Late Latin voluptuārius, Latin voluptārius pertaining to (sensual) pleasure, derivative of volupt(ās) pleasure] + -ārius -ary]
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- One totally into luxury and sensual pleasure.
See also related terms for luxury.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.voluptuary - a person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses
sensualist - a person who enjoys sensuality
Adj.1.voluptuary - displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses; "an epicurean banquet"; "enjoyed a luxurious suite with a crystal chandelier and thick oriental rugs"; "Lucullus spent the remainder of his days in voluptuous magnificence"; "a chinchilla robe of sybaritic lavishness"
indulgent - characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone ; "indulgent grandparents"
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A person devoted to pleasure and luxury:
Characterized by or devoted to pleasure and luxury as a lifestyle:
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[vəˈlʌptjʊərɪ] Nvoluptuoso/a m/f
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nLüstling m
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Yet, where Nietzsche saw in nihilism the possibility of a more spirited future (rather than its historical necessity), perhaps no one captured the despair of the modern situation better than Max Weber, in whose works one finds a hardboiled sociology of the last man (as I am wont to call it), with its vision of a bureaucratically structured modern commercial society in which the promises of bourgeois freedom have devolved into the routinized machinations of "specialists without spirit and voluptuaries without heart." (14) However liberal, democratic, revolutionary, or utopian our hopes for the Enlightenment may have been, they have all found the same result: having turned "we moderns" into clerks and pinhead makers of one sort or another.
Adelman argues that "the exclusivity of the protagonists' vision never becomes part of our experience." Instead, "we participate in the experience of the commentators more often than in the experience of the lovers" and therefore "are forced to notice the world's view of them more often than their view of the world." (31) Colie, too, grants that we come to regard the lovers "as mere voluptuaries, softened and weakened by self-indulgence and excess ...
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Hampl comes full circle in Blue Arabesque, from her first artistic epiphany standing before Mattise's painting of a woman gazing at a goldfish to her discussion of Matisse's odalisques, the languorous voluptuaries that provoke, outrage and transcend Western stereotypes of women in the East.
In the opening lines, the speaker urges us, "Feel a tomato, heft its weight in your palm, / think of buttocks, breasts, this plump pulp." These fruits and vegetables, "earth's voluptuaries," are tactile, fleshy, hot and cold, sweet and crisp, objects one can hold in the hand and taste on the tongue.

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