- People who enjoy luxury surroundings and good wine are examples of people with an Epicurean philosophy.
- People who live life in pursuit of pleasure are an example of Epicurean people.
- of Epicurus or his philosophy
- fond of luxury and sensuous pleasure, esp. that of eating and drinking
- suited to or characteristic of an epicure
Origin of EpicureanMiddle English Epicurien ; from Classical Latin Epicureus ; from Classical Greek Epikoureios ; from Epikouros
- a follower of Epicurus or his philosophy
- an epicure
- Devoted to the pursuit of sensual pleasure, especially to the enjoyment of good food and comfort.
- Suited to the tastes of an epicure: an epicurean repast.
- Epicurean Of or relating to Epicurus or Epicureanism.
- A devotee to sensuous and luxurious living; an epicure.
- Epicurean A follower of Epicurus.
Origin of epicureanMiddle English Epicurien, from Epicure; see epicure.
(comparative more epicurean, superlative most epicurean)
- one who is devoted to pleasure
Modern accepted use of the terms epicurean and Epicureanism refers often to the appreciation of, and indulgement in, good food (gourmet), luxury, hedonism, and sensual pleasure. This strays significantly from the original philosophic intent of Epicureanism. The philosophy indeed elevated pleasure and happiness as the most worthy pursuit, but specifically warned against fine food and frequent sex, for it could lead to dissatisfaction later. Instead, the goal was a long-term pleasure, marked by serenity and temperance, achieved through moderation rather than indulging. Modern senses of gourmet, luxury, hedonism, sensual pleasure and lust are mostly in contrast with the original ancient teachings.
From Epicurean (“follower of Epicureanism”).
(comparative more Epicurean, superlative most Epicurean)
- relating to Epicurus or his philosophy
From Old French Epicurien, from Latin Epicureus, from Ancient Greek Ἐπικούρειος (Epikoureios).