he·​do·​nist | \ˈhē-də-nist \
plural hedonists

Definition of hedonist 

: a person who is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure : someone who practices hedonism The most recent vintage to hit U.S. retail shelves is 2007, which produced rich wines with flattering fruit and voluptuous texture—a hedonist's dream.— James Molesworth Though we think of him as a hedonist, Whitman was something of a prude himself, by the standards of his time.— David S. Reynolds

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debauchee, decadent, sensualist, sybarite, voluptuary



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Back in the day, punks and hedonists did not rub shoulders. David Pagel, latimes.com, "For Kitty Brophy, freedom from authority in some wickedly sensuous lines," 17 Apr. 2018 Helou is both scholar and hedonist, which makes for the best kind of guide in the kitchen. Christine Muhlke, Bon Appetit, "17 New Spring Cookbooks We Can’t Wait to Stain," 2 Apr. 2018 Liberation and pleasure have always gone hand in hand for Miguel, a career hedonist in the vein of Prince who similarly envisions eroticism as an idyllic escape, both spiritual and literal. Isaac Feldberg, BostonGlobe.com, "At the House of Blues, Miguel brings sexy back," 20 Mar. 2018 Two hedonists with a penchant for Jim Beam and bad decisions. Gigi Engle, Marie Claire, "I Was the Other Woman—but I Still Feel Sorrier for Myself Than for Her," 19 May 2017 Dedicated track rats may want to spec the C’s $8950 carbon-ceramic brakes and a set of grippier ultra-performance tires for $600, and hedonists may be interested in fancier paint, interior-trim upgrades, or one of AMG’s extra styling packages. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2018 Mercedes-AMG GT C / GT C Roadster / GT R," 7 Mar. 2018 As the words suggest, present hedonists live in the moment, without much thought of any consequences of their actions or of the future. Dr. Lance Dodes, Newsweek, "'The Most Dangerous Man in the World’: Trump Is Violent, Immature and Insecure, Psych Experts Say," 27 Sep. 2017 In broad terms, a hedonist is someone who tries to maximise pleasure and minimise pain. Desiree Kozlowski, CNN, "Hedonism is good for your health," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of hedonist

1847, in the meaning defined above

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