voluptuary

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From a Late Latin variant of Latin voluptarius (devoted to pleasure), from voluptas (pleasure).

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voluptuary (plural voluptuaries)

  1. One whose life is devoted to sensual appetites; a sensualist, a pleasure-seeker.
    • 1983, Lawrence Durrell, Sebastian, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 1131-2:
      ‘I told you so!’ he said to himself under his breath, and breathing deeply like a voluptuary he advanced towards his victim.
    • 2005, Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home, Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 147:
      Dawn Reynolds was an eighteen-year-old alabaster beauty with cobalt eyes and the figure of a ripe voluptuary.

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