- 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.
hedonism definition by Webster's New World
- 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: ; from Classical Greek hēdonē, pleasure (see hedonic) plush -ism
hedonism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- 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: Greek hēdonē, pleasure; see swād- in Indo-European roots + -ism.
- heˈdon·ist noun
- heˌdon·isˈtic adjective
- heˌdon·isˈti·cal·ly adverb