1 a disciple or student of the Greek philosopher Epicurus (d. 270 BC), who taught that the highest good is personal happiness.
2 (epicurean) a person devoted to (esp. sensual) enjoyment.
1 of or concerning Epicurus or his ideas.
2 (epicurean) characteristic of an epicurean.
Etymology: F eacutepicurien or L epicureus f. Gk epikoureios f. Epikouros Epicurus
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Epicurean — Ep i*cu*re an (?; 277), a. [L. Epicureus, Gr. ?: cf. [ e]picurien.] 1. Pertaining to Epicurus, or following his philosophy. The sect Epicurean. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Given to luxury; adapted to luxurious tastes; luxurious; pertaining to good… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Epicurean — ► NOUN 1) a follower of the Greek philosopher Epicurus (341 270 BC), who taught that pleasure, particularly mental pleasure, was the highest good. 2) (epicurean) an epicure. ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to Epicurus or his ideas. 2) (epicurean)… … English terms dictionary
Epicurean — Ep i*cu*re an, n. 1. A follower or Epicurus. [1913 Webster] 2. One given to epicurean indulgence. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
epicurean — [adj] loving food and finer things gluttonous, gourmandizing, gourmet, hedonistic, libertine, lush, luxurious, pleasure seeking, self indulgent, sensual, sensuous, sybaritic, voluptuous; concept 401 epicurean [n] gourmet bon vivant, connoisseur,… … New thesaurus
epicurean — index palatable, particular (exacting) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
epicurean — (n.) late 14c., follower of the philosophical system of Epicurus; 1570s, вЂњone devoted to pleasure,вЂќ from O.Fr. Epicurien, or from EPICURE (Cf. epicure) + IAN (Cf. ian). As an adjective, attested from 1580s in the philosophical sense and 1640s … Etymology dictionary
epicurean — sybaritic, luxurious, *sensuous, sensual, voluptuous Analogous words: fastidious, dainty, *nice, particular Antonyms: gross … New Dictionary of Synonyms
Epicurean — [ep΄i kyo͞o rē′ən, ep΄ikyoor′ē ən] adj. [ME Epicurien < L Epicureus < Gr Epikoureios < Epikouros] 1. of Epicurus or his philosophy 2. [e ] a) fond of luxury and sensuous pleasure, esp. that of eating and drinking b) suited to or… … English World dictionary
Epicurean — n. & adj. n. 1 a disciple or student of the Greek philosopher Epicurus (d. 270 BC), who taught that the highest good is personal happiness. 2 (epicurean) a person devoted to (esp. sensual) enjoyment. adj. 1 of or concerning Epicurus or his ideas … Useful english dictionary
epicurean — [[t]e̱pɪkjʊəri͟ːən[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Epicurean food is of very good quality, especially unusual or rare food. [FORMAL] Saddle of lamb is an epicurean dish for major celebrations … English dictionary