he·​don·​ic | \ hi-ˈdä-nik How to pronounce hedonic (audio) \

Definition of hedonic

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by pleasure
2 : of, relating to, or characterized by hedonism

Other Words from hedonic

hedonically \ hi-​ˈdä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hedonic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of hedonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cautionary word, however, is that humans are prone to what’s called hedonic adaptation, which basically translates to a tendency to revert back to our old – and in this case, unappreciative – ways. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2021 After all, there are those who choose to take drugs that blot out any chance of meaning and authenticity, hoping to achieve hedonic bliss. Paul Bloom, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 But that process, known as hedonic adjustment, most commonly applies to physical objects. New York Times, 10 Oct. 2021 Jiménez pointed me in the direction of something known as the hedonic treadmill. Anna Codrea-rado, refinery29.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Taking time to do this will suddenly take you away from making impulsive purchases or trying to keep up with neighbors or friends (the hedonic treadmill). Juan Carlos Medina, Forbes, 14 June 2021 People bob along from one hedonic act to the next, never even questioning the sustainability of their life choices, much less grasping that their lives are morally and spiritually empty. Kyle Smith, National Review, 5 June 2021 Another technical term for this is 'hedonic consumption'. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, 20 Apr. 2021 Additionally, increased levels of self-enhancement explained the effect of meditation on higher well-being (both hedonic and eudeamonic). Scott Barry Kaufman, Scientific American, 4 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of hedonic

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hedonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hedonic. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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he·​don·​ic | \ hi-ˈdän-ik How to pronounce hedonic (audio) \

Medical Definition of hedonic

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by pleasure
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of hedonism or hedonists

Other Words from hedonic

hedonically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hedonic (audio) \ adverb


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