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epicure

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noun ep·i·cure \ˈe-pi-ˌkyu̇r\

Simple Definition of epicure

  • : a person who appreciates fine food and drink

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of epicure

  1. 1 archaic :  one devoted to sensual pleasure :  sybarite

  2. 2 :  one with sensitive and discriminating tastes especially in food or wine

Examples of epicure in a sentence

  1. <Thomas Jefferson was one of America's first great epicures.>



Did You Know?

The word epicure is currently associated with indulging the appetite, but that is a long way from the teachings of the man to whom we owe the word. The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus taught a philosophy of simple pleasure, friendship, and a secluded life. He believed in the pursuit of pleasure, but pleasure for him equated with tranquility and freedom from pain—not the indulgence of the senses. However, detractors of Epicurus in his own time and later reduced his notions of pleasure to material and sensual gratification. When epicure entered English in the 16th century, the philosophy of Epicurus had been trivialized, and so the word became synonymous with “hedonist.”

Origin and Etymology of epicure

Epicurus


First Known Use: 1565

Synonym Discussion of epicure

epicure, gourmet, gourmand, gastronome mean one who takes pleasure in eating and drinking. epicure implies fastidiousness and voluptuousness of taste. gourmet implies being a connoisseur in food and drink and the discriminating enjoyment of them. gourmand implies a hearty appetite for good food and drink, not without discernment, but with less than a gourmet's. gastronome implies that one has studied extensively the history and rituals of haute cuisine.


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