Hedonism definition

hēdn-ĭzəm
Pursuit of or devotion to pleasure, especially to the pleasures of the senses.
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(psychol.) The theory that a person always acts in such a way as to seek pleasure and avoid pain.
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(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.
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Self-indulgent pursuit of pleasure as a way of life.
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Pursuit of or devotion to pleasure, especially to the pleasures of the senses.
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(ethics) The belief that pleasure or happiness is the highest good in life. Some hedonists, such as the Epicureans, have insisted that pleasure of the entire mind, not just pleasure of the senses, is the highest good.
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(psychology) The doctrine holding that behavior is motivated by the desire for pleasure and the avoidance of pain.
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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.

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(psychology) The doctrine holding that behavior is motivated by the desire for pleasure and the avoidance of pain.
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A general devotion to the pursuit of pleasure.
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(philosophy) The ethical doctrine holding that only what is pleasant or has pleasant consequences is intrinsically good.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hedonism
Plural:
hedonisms

Origin of hedonism

  • Greek hēdonē pleasure swād- in Indo-European roots –ism

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ἡδονή (hēdonē, “pleasure”) + -ism. (Eng. usg. 1856)

    From Wiktionary