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- n. A lover of food; a glutton; an epicure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One whose great pleasure it is to gratify his appetite; a glutton; an epicure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who makes a god of his belly, that is, whose great business or pleasure is to gratify his appetite; a glutton; an epicure: as, “Apicius, a famous belly-god, ”
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Glendinning; — “a base belly-god, to come here to eat the best, and practise on our lives that give it to him!”
On the other hand, the divine could not help regarding his new friend as something of an epicure or belly-god, nor could he observe in him either the perfect education, or the polished bearing, which mark the gentleman of rank, and of which, while he mingled with the world, he had become a competent judge.
Doest thou make our Lord a drinker, and a curious quaffer of wines, as if he were a glutton, a belly-god, or
Occasionally he indulges in such uncomplimentary expressions as "There is no flummery-maker equal to you," while some are hailed with "Long life to you, glutton, gormandizer, and belly-god."
I had never been in England before, and mighty little I thought of it when I became acquainted with that proud, belly-god country.
Bonner issued his injunctions than Bale denounced him in a fierce reply as "a beastly belly-god and damnable dung-hill."
He was under the guidance of an elderly, drinking sort of person -- one of the fat, beefy class, whose worship of the belly-god has given an unhappy distension to that ambitious though most erring member.
"Swear by wine and wastel-bread, for these are the props of _thy_ life, thou greedy Southron!" said Dame Glendinning; -- "a base belly-god, to come here to eat the best, and practise on our lives that give it to him!"
But Mr. Row no way dismayed, knowing what vices Scoon was chargeable with, particularly that he was a great belly-god, drew his picture so like the life, and condemned what was culpable in it with so much severity, that Scoon thought fit to sit down, and even to cover his face.
What! a class that is to be in want from no fault of its own, and yet greedily eager to receive from strangers; and to be quite respectable, and at the same time quite devoid of self-respect; and play the most delicate part of friendship, and yet never be seen; and wear the form of man, and yet fly in the face of all the laws of human nature: - and all this, in the hope of getting a belly-god Burgess through a needle's eye!