epicurean
adjective Date: 1586 1. capitalized of or relating to Epicurus or Epicureanism 2. of, relating to, or suited to an epicure

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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, “one devoted to pleasure,” 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 — 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

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