hedonist

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "7 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 Mar. 2020 The historic cafés that served a generation of true hedonists have succumbed to the vigilance of federal prohibition agents. Lillian Symes, Harper's magazine, "San Francisco Blues," 25 Nov. 2019 Be a night owl For many, Berlin’s legendary party scene is the holy grail for hedonists everywhere. National Geographic, "What did travel have to do with the fall of the Berlin Wall?," 9 Nov. 2019 Resorts along the Strip and beyond aim to attract the next generation of hedonists — millennials, and the likeminded — keen on technology, contemporary art, food and the outdoors. Elaine Glusac, chicagotribune.com, "See ya, Celine. Hello, Gaga. Vegas is getting a millennial makeover as resorts cater to the next generation of hedonists.," 27 Aug. 2019 Madison’s other best friend from college, free spirit, and charming hedonist. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Shay Mitchell Will Star Alongside Brenda Song and Kat Dennings In Hulu Series "Dollface"," 11 Apr. 2019 In the 1890s, the women shared Gabriele d’Annunzio, the soldier, rogue, hedonist and symbolist poet. Rachel Shteir, WSJ, "‘Playing to the Gods’ Review: Avatars of Female Anguish," 23 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of hedonist

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Hedonist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hedonist. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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hedonist

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English Language Learners Definition of hedonist

: a person who believes that pleasure or happiness is the most important goal in life

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