Epicurean

Epicurean

ˌepəkyəˈrēən

Noun

  • A disciple or student of the Greek philosopher Epicurus.
  • (“epicurean”) A person devoted to sensual enjoyment, especially that derived from fine food and drink.

Adjective

  • Of or concerning Epicurus or his ideas.
  • (“epicurean”) Relating to or suitable for an epicure.

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Example Sentences

“Like a true epicurean, he planned his vacations around the food he wanted to eat.”

“Her epicurean lifestyle immersed her in a world of rare wines and gourmet foods.”

“The price tag for his epicurean habits was high.”

Word Origin

Greek, mid-16th century

Why this word?

“Epicurean” derives from the name of the Greek philosopher Epicurus and the school he founded in the third century BCE. He taught his disciples that the “good life” was one that caused pleasure and led to enjoyment (though not excessively), and should be pursued over a life that brought pain and discomfort. With a capital “E,” both the adjective and the noun “Epicurean” reference that school of thought. As a lowercase word, the adjective “epicurean” describes anything related to a lifestyle devoted to enjoyment of food and drink, while the noun designates a person who luxuriates in that manner of life.

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