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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A philosophy advanced by Epicurus that considered happiness, or the avoidance of pain and emotional disturbance, to be the highest good and that advocated the pursuit of pleasures that can be enjoyed in moderation.
  • noun Devotion to a life of pleasure and luxury.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The philosophical system of Epicurus, or attachment to his doctrines, especially the doctrine that pleasure is the chief good in life.
  • noun [lowercase] Attachment to or indulgence in luxurious habits; fondness for good living. See epicure, n., 2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Attachment to the doctrines of Epicurus; the principles or belief of Epicurus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A system of philosophy based upon the teachings of Epicurus (c. 340–c. 270 BC).
  • noun A love or knowledge of enjoyment, especially of good food and drink.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a doctrine of hedonism that was defended by several ancient Greek philosophers

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