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hedonism

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noun he·do·nism \ˈhē-də-ˌni-zəm\

Simple Definition of hedonism

  • : the belief that pleasure or happiness is the most important goal in life

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hedonism

  1. 1 :  the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the sole or chief good in life

  2. 2 :  a way of life based on or suggesting the principles of hedonism

hedonist

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hedonistic

play \ˌhē-də-ˈnis-tik\ adjective

hedonistically

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Examples of hedonism in a sentence

  1. <their spring break trip to Mexico became an exercise in heedless hedonism>



The Modern Definition of hedonism

When hedonism first appeared in English in the middle of the 19th century, it referred to the doctrines of certain schools of philosophy in ancient Greece (such as the Epicureans and Cyrenaics), who held that happiness or pleasure constituted the chief goal in life. As used today, the word frequently carries a judgmental tinge. If someone is described as living a life of hedonism, the implication is that he or she derives happiness from debauchery rather than, say, spending quality time with family or forming meaningful relationships at work. Hedonism comes from the Greek hēdonē (“pleasure”), which also provides the root of the word anhedonia (“a psychological condition characterized by inability to experience pleasure in normally pleasurable acts”).

Origin and Etymology of hedonism

Greek hēdonē pleasure; akin to Greek hēdys sweet — more at sweet


First Known Use: 1856


Medical Dictionary

hedonism

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noun he·do·nism \ˈhēd-ən-ˌiz-əm\

Medical Definition of hedonism

  1. :  the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the sole or chief good in life

hedonist

\-ən-əst\play noun

hedonistic

\ˌhēd-ən-ˈis-tik\play adjective

hedonistically

\-ti-k(ə-)lē\play adverb




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