hedonic

adjective
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

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Other Words from hedonic

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

Examples of hedonic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Psychologists call this phenomenon hedonic adaptation. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "That sensible routine you follow might be wrecking your creativity, and happiness," 31 Oct. 2020 At a time of public health and financial challenges, the mere mention of hedonic pleasures raises eyebrows. Sona Bahadur, Quartz India, "The pandemic has taken away the delight of companionship while having a meal," 17 Sep. 2020 Instead, their hedonic evaluation of the vacation is best explained by a combination of how good or bad the vacation was at its peak, and how good or bad the vacation was at its end. Aaron M. Sackett, Fortune, "How 2020 is like a colonoscopy," 10 Sep. 2020 But the hedonic treadmill makes this pure futility. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "The Three Equations for a Happy Life," 9 Apr. 2020 Three concern positive indicators of well-being: eudaemonic happiness (having a sense of meaning), hedonic happiness (joy in the moment) and relationships. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "Social Media Has Not Destroyed a Generation," 23 Oct. 2019 Perhaps a decline in hedonic happiness lies behind the upsurge in support for populists, swamping the rise in evaluative happiness. The Economist, "Why are happy people voting for angry parties?," 11 July 2019 But their actual products involve artful hedonic manipulation. David T. Courtwright, STAT, "Vaping and prescription opioids: limbic capitalism in action," 28 Oct. 2019 Hancock and his team found that more social media use was associated slightly with higher depression and anxiety (though not loneliness) and more strongly associated with relationship benefits (though not eudaemonic or hedonic well-being). Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "Social Media Has Not Destroyed a Generation," 23 Oct. 2019

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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 30 Nov. 2020.

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hedonic

adjective
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 hedonically (audio) \ adverb

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