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 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 The historic cafés that served a generation of true hedonists have succumbed to the vigilance of federal prohibition agents. Lillian Symes, Harper's magazine, 25 Nov. 2019 Be a night owl For many, Berlin’s legendary party scene is the holy grail for hedonists everywhere. National Geographic, 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, 27 Aug. 2019 Madison’s other best friend from college, free spirit, and charming hedonist. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of hedonist

1847, in the meaning defined above

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19 Oct 2021

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“Hedonist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hedonist. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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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