hedonism

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἡδονή (hēdonē, pleasure) + -ism. (Eng. usg. 1856)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: hēdənĭzəm, IPA(key): /ˈhiːdənɪzəm/
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  • Hyphenation: he‧don‧ism

Noun[edit]

hedonism (usually uncountable, plural hedonisms)

  1. (ethics) The belief that pleasure or happiness is the highest good in life. Some hedonists, such as the Epicureans, have insisted that pleasure of the entire mind, not just pleasure of the senses, is the highest good.
  2. A general devotion to the pursuit of pleasure.

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  • hedonism in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • hedonism at OneLook Dictionary Search