Definition of epicure
1 archaic : one devoted to sensual pleasure : sybarite
2 : one with sensitive and discriminating tastes especially in food or wine
Examples of epicure in a Sentence
Thomas Jefferson was one of America's first great epicures.
Recent Examples of epicure from the Web
Michalopoulos is less known as an epicure and distiller of Old New Orleans Rum.
His nemesis is Cottonmouth (Burl Ives), a Falstaffian villain and rugged epicure who leads a feral gang of hunters from his ramshackle backwater compound.
That’s the rustic gothic, popularized in the mid-20th-century by Hammer Films and Roger Corman flicks, when Peter Cushing and Vincent Price ruled as epicures of the unspeakable in isolated European mountain towns.
There's the very pricey Epicure, with three stars, which serves dishes like macaroni stuffed with black truffle, artichoke, and duck foie gras by chef Eric Frechon, who many consider to be the best chef in the country.
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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
First Known Use: 1551See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of epicure
EPICURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of epicure for English Language Learners
: a person who appreciates fine food and drink
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