- The definition of hedonism is the relentless pursuit of pleasure.
- An example of hedonism is an ethical theory suggesting the pursuit of pleasure should be the ultimate goal.
- An example of hedonism is a constant quest for pleasure and satisfaction.
- Philos. the ethical doctrine that pleasure, variously conceived of in terms of happiness of the individual or of society, is the principal good and the proper aim of action
- Psychol. the theory that a person always acts in such a way as to seek pleasure and avoid pain
- the self-indulgent pursuit of pleasure as a way of life
Origin of hedonism; from Classical Greek hēdonē, pleasure (see hedonic) + -ism
- Pursuit of or devotion to pleasure, especially to the pleasures of the senses.
- Philosophy The ethical doctrine holding that only what is pleasant or has pleasant consequences is intrinsically good.
- Psychology The doctrine holding that behavior is motivated by the desire for pleasure and the avoidance of pain.
Origin of hedonismGreek hēdonē, pleasure; see swād- in Indo-European roots + –ism.
(usually uncountable, plural hedonisms)
From Ancient Greek ἡδονή (hēdonē, “pleasure”) + -ism. (Eng. usg. 1856)