he·​do·​nis·​tic ˌhē-də-ˈni-stik How to pronounce hedonistic (audio)
: devoted to the pursuit of pleasure : of, relating to, or characterized by hedonism
a hedonistic lifestyle
a city known for its wild, hedonistic nightlife
The unabashedly hedonistic Allen pursued the good life for two or three years after leaving Microsoft.David Kirkpatrick
This tiny European island will give you a taste of the fabled hedonistic decadence of the Roman Empire.Lauren Malaika Cooper
hedonistically adverb
living hedonistically

Examples of hedonistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the City of London, at least, toxic culture is still thriving—and Copper’s hedonistic soirée is only the most recent evidence. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune Europe, 2 Apr. 2024 That process began long before Renaissance was set for release, but the hedonistic release that the dance music opus was more urgently needed in the aftermath of the pandemic. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 29 Mar. 2024 All that — plus a glimpse into the hedonistic lifestyle associated with them and their L.A. rock peers during that time — collided in court during the trial’s fourth day. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 26 Feb. 2024 This is what a hedonistic, no accountability, everything-goes culture gets you. — Rhonda Mary (@iamrhondamary) February 21, 2024 Memphis police have discouraged people from downloading or sharing the images, and said the investigation is ongoing. Tanasia Kenney, Charlotte Observer, 21 Feb. 2024 She is surrounded by models in a recreation of the Last Supper that puts the dinner's attendees in a gluttonous, hedonistic light. EW.com, 20 Feb. 2024 At influencer chef Salt Bae’s hedonistic restaurants, where gold flakes are wrapped in baklava and customers regularly fork out hundreds on a steak, squeezing the bottom line might seem furthest from its owner’s mind. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 20 Feb. 2024 The Holiday of my opening quote—apprentice Billie, hedonistic Billie, carefree Billie—tends to be overshadowed. Elizabeth Barber, Harper's Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 The overall experience is hedonistic, decadent, and a true treat. Liz Thach, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hedonistic was in 1866

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“Hedonistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hedonistic. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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