ep·​i·​cu·​re·​an·​ism ˌe-pi-kyu̇-ˈrē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce epicureanism (audio)
: the philosophy of Epicurus who subscribed to a hedonistic ethics that considered an imperturbable emotional calm the highest good and whose followers held intellectual pleasures superior to transient sensualism
: a way of life in accord with Epicureanism

Examples of epicureanism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Small-s stoicism has little to do with classical Stoicism, of course, just as cynicism has little to do with classical Cynicism and epicureanism has little to do with classical Epicureanism. Tom Bissell, Harper's Magazine, 10 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of epicureanism was in 1697

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“Epicureanism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epicureanism. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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