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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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The golden year was dying as it had lived, a beautiful and unrepentant voluptuary, and reminiscent rapture and content freighted heavily the air.
His features might have been called good, had there not lurked under the pent-house of his eye, that sly epicurean twinkle which indicates the cautious voluptuary. In other respects, his profession and situation had taught him a ready command over his countenance, which he could contract at pleasure into solemnity, although its natural expression was that of good-humoured social indulgence.
Clare, who was in heart a poetical voluptuary, smiled as Miss Ophelia made her remark on his premises, and, turning to Tom, who was standing looking round, his beaming black face perfectly radiant with admiration, he said,
But the rascal of a painter, poet, novelist, or other voluptuary in labor, is not content with his advantage in popular esteem over the ploughman; he also wants an advantage in money, as if there were more hours in a day spent in the studio or library than in the field; or as if he needed more food to enable him to do his work than the ploughman to enable him to do his.
"Bid the slave-merchant enter," says the Turkish voluptuary with a wave of his hand.
There is a price for its voluptuary nature: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is demanding of water and food, pest-prone, and difficult to overwinter indoors.
Meanwhile the Prince Regent was being portrayed in cartoons and in pamphlets as this libertine voluptuary who was scoffing vast quantities of food while people were hanging outside the windows.
While it was acceptable to assert that sensual pleasures were as important as official success as an abstract idea or to celebrate the libertine extravagance of a fictional young bravo, (46) it would have been controversial to present oneself as a committed voluptuary who preferred the sensual pleasures to public success.
D'Israeli deploys a familiar Enlightenment language of balanced form to describe vers de societe: it has "that grace, that colouring of fancy, that harmony of ideas, that deliciousness of sentiment, which, pervading every particle of the composition, is perceived by the sensibility of taste." (9) The appeal to this readerly faculty of taste can only be achieved by a poet who, as an "amiable voluptuary," provides "pictures of Manners" of the scenes he participates in, a sense of the minor but sweet social pleasures to be had, and proper reserve in revealing those details (pp.
Gillray's savage representation of the Prince of Wales, later George lV, in "Voluptuary, under the horror of Indigestion" shows the well-stuffed royal heir surrounded by the litter of his excess -- empty bottles of port and brandy, an overflowing chamber pot, a coat of arms with crossed knife and fork and a scattering of horse racing betting slips.
the capital available to corruption decreases as a consequence of the employment necessitated to follow the current fashion [for the affluent]" (Donati 1949: 59) This prefigures a view of what we may call "the economics of a ruling class," in which increased voluptuary consumption automatically decreases the amount of resources available for bribing.
From the outset, it is clear that his sybaritic lifestyle has taken its toll on British-Syrian Sami, with his body 'ageing quickly, increasingly swell-bellied.' His appetite for instant thrills is clear when Sami plunges back into voluptuary pleasures in London after a sabbatical in Syria listlessly trying to find inspiration for his PhD.

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