Epicurean


Epicurean
Epicurean NOUN 1) a follower of the Greek philosopher Epicurus (341 270 BC), who taught that pleasure, particularly mental pleasure, was the highest good. 2) (epicurean) an epicure.
ADJECTIVE 1) relating to Epicurus or his ideas. 2) (epicurean) relating to or suitable for an epicure.
DERIVATIVES Epicureanism noun.

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  • Epicurean — Ep i*cu*re an (?; 277), a. [L. Epicureus, Gr. ?: cf. [ e]picurien.] 1. Pertaining to Epicurus, or following his philosophy. The sect Epicurean. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Given to luxury; adapted to luxurious tastes; luxurious; pertaining to good… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Epicurean — Ep i*cu*re an, n. 1. A follower or Epicurus. [1913 Webster] 2. One given to epicurean indulgence. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • epicurean — [adj] loving food and finer things gluttonous, gourmandizing, gourmet, hedonistic, libertine, lush, luxurious, pleasure seeking, self indulgent, sensual, sensuous, sybaritic, voluptuous; concept 401 epicurean [n] gourmet bon vivant, connoisseur,… …   New thesaurus

  • epicurean — index palatable, particular (exacting) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • epicurean — (n.) late 14c., follower of the philosophical system of Epicurus; 1570s, “one devoted to pleasure,” from O.Fr. Epicurien, or from EPICURE (Cf. epicure) + IAN (Cf. ian). As an adjective, attested from 1580s in the philosophical sense and 1640s …   Etymology dictionary

  • epicurean — sybaritic, luxurious, *sensuous, sensual, voluptuous Analogous words: fastidious, dainty, *nice, particular Antonyms: gross …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Epicurean — [ep΄i kyo͞o rē′ən, ep΄ikyoor′ē ən] adj. [ME Epicurien < L Epicureus < Gr Epikoureios < Epikouros] 1. of Epicurus or his philosophy 2. [e ] a) fond of luxury and sensuous pleasure, esp. that of eating and drinking b) suited to or… …   English World dictionary

  • Epicurean — n. & adj. n. 1 a disciple or student of the Greek philosopher Epicurus (d. 270 BC), who taught that the highest good is personal happiness. 2 (epicurean) a person devoted to (esp. sensual) enjoyment. adj. 1 of or concerning Epicurus or his ideas …   Useful english dictionary

  • epicurean — n. & adj. n. 1 a disciple or student of the Greek philosopher Epicurus (d. 270 BC), who taught that the highest good is personal happiness. 2 (epicurean) a person devoted to (esp. sensual) enjoyment. adj. 1 of or concerning Epicurus or his ideas …   Useful english dictionary

  • epicurean — [[t]e̱pɪkjʊəri͟ːən[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Epicurean food is of very good quality, especially unusual or rare food. [FORMAL] Saddle of lamb is an epicurean dish for major celebrations …   English dictionary