he·​do·​nist | \ ˈhē-də-nist How to pronounce hedonist (audio) \
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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Examples of hedonist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Reid plays the 150-year-old as a refined hedonist, less a creature of the night than a Eurotrash Ken Doll. Darren Franich, EW.com, 22 Sep. 2022 Within the first six weeks, Joan proved not only to be a lusty eater but a very social and cuddly baby who loved long warm baths, in other words, a hedonist in the making. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 Because, her letters show a complicated, deep, emotional person–not just a hedonist. Katie Hafner, Scientific American, 31 Mar. 2022 To compare Isa and Dorothy might, at first, seem like a false equivalence—what do an academic in her thirties and a 21-year old hedonist really have in common? Philippa Snow, The New Republic, 30 Dec. 2021 Affleck, with blond hair and a goatee, plays d’Alencon, an insensitive hedonist, with something close to glee. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 11 Oct. 2021 His Bill isn’t a fratty hedonist so much as a man too psychologically compartmentalized to face his own misdeeds. Judy Berman, Time, 31 Aug. 2021 One of the most colorful entrepreneurs in history, McAfee was a true software pioneer, a notorious hedonist, a possible murderer, a fugitive, a U.S. presidential candidate and, inevitably, a cryptocurrency promoter. David Meyer, Fortune, 24 June 2021 In this new work, set in and around a mud pit, a young aesthete tries to persuade his grubby hedonists to de-ooze. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of hedonist

1847, in the meaning defined above

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25 Sep 2022

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“Hedonist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hedonist. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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