syb·​a·​rite | \ ˈsi-bə-ˌrīt How to pronounce sybarite (audio) \

Definition of sybarite

1 [ from the notorious luxury of the Sybarites ] : voluptuary, sensualist
2 capitalized : a native or resident of the ancient city of Sybaris

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Other Words from sybarite

sybaritic \ ˌsi-​bə-​ˈri-​tik How to pronounce sybaritic (audio) \ adjective
sybaritically \ ˌsi-​bə-​ˈri-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce sybaritically (audio) \ adverb
sybaritism \ ˈsi-​bə-​ˌrī-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce sybaritism (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for sybarite


debauchee, decadent, hedonist, sensualist, voluptuary



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Examples of sybarite in a Sentence

the prince was remembered as a self-indulgent sybarite, not as a statesman or warrior

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Xerxes is depicted as an androgyne sybarite, his brooding eyes rimmed with kohl, his lips, nose, and ears all pierced with rings linked by delicate golden chains. Myke Cole, The New Republic, "The Sparta Fetish Is a Cultural Cancer," 1 Aug. 2019 Sir Toby is sassy, a sybarite and a drunkard, but Steven Barkhimer was almost sober. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Twelfth Night’ Review: A Bland Transposition," 11 July 2019 Parks and Recreation Donna Meagle, the inventor of shopping in the name of self-care, is a sybarite in all the best ways. Mariana Viera, Teen Vogue, "10 Body Positive Shows to Watch," 5 Sep. 2018 The silly creature even eats the farmer’s boxer shorts, plucking them from the clothesline like a sybarite eating grapes. WSJ, "Children’s Books: Safe Journeys," 11 May 2018 Its principal characters are not jaded sybarites sunning themselves on the decks of pleasure boats or beside hilltop swimming pools, but rather salt-of-the-earth Frenchmen and women with roots in the populist cinema of the 1930s. New York Times, "Beautiful People in European Villas: a Film Genre of Its Own," 15 May 2018 Featuring a main villa and two apartments with a capacity to hold 12 sybarites, the spare Cycladic architecture enhances the infinity pool, an Instagram-ready site for a bash overlooking the Aegean Sea. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "6 Vacation Villas With Enviable Pools," 15 May 2018 Higgins’s home is a sybarite’s mansion, crowded with servants and modern art. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Whose ‘Fair Lady’? This Time, Eliza’s in Charge," 19 Apr. 2018 Morality Leagues, churches, women’s clubs, and other organizations viewed the young people pouring into Hollywood as sybarites who were setting a bad example for the rest of the youth of America. Nancie Clare, Los Angeles Magazine, "How the World’s First Movie Stars Made Sure Beverly Hills Didn’t Become Part of L.A.," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sybarite

circa 1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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