Cy·​re·​na·​ic ˌsir-ə-ˈnā-ik How to pronounce Cyrenaic (audio)
: an adherent of the doctrine that pleasure is the chief end of life
Cyrenaic adjective
Cyrenaicism noun

Word History


Latin cyrenaicus, from Greek kyrēnaikos, from Kyrēnē Cyrene, Africa, home of Aristippus, author of the doctrine

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cyrenaic was in 1586

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“Cyrenaic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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