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  • Curiously enough, in view of the idea of epicureanism which has become proverbial, Epicurus regards the avoidance of excess a logical and necessary step toward the tranquil life, and among other admonitions is found the following Maxim:

    Why Worry? George Lincoln Walton 1897

  • At Kemsing, on the other hand, he had an experience of what I may fairly call the epicureanism of religion.

    Hugh Memoirs of a Brother Arthur Christopher Benson 1893

  • Even as a malapropism it reflects the way the chief connotation of epicureanism has changed from pleasure to sensual pleasure to gustatory pleasure.

    No discernible circumference 2009

  • Rather than epicureanism the image of two spoons evokes conviviality. back

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro 2008

  • Among men he openly professed epicureanism, and gave himself the license of free talk.

    A Start in Life 2007

  • Though he may be a great artist in edible discords — things rank and gross and startling — can he in the quantity of inconvenient food he consumes, be expected to pose as a critic of the most etherealised branch of epicureanism?

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber 2003

  • That subtle stoicism, that unsentimental epicureanism, that kind of reckless hopelessness, of course, fascinated the women.

    The Captain's Doll 2003

  • And then one had to realize that he was a member of a big, old empire, fallen into a sort of epicureanism, and a little bitter.

    The Captain's Doll 2003

  • He is full of highly complicated arguments on the subject, which have to do with empiricism, epicureanism, live today, for tomorrow will bring the mushroom cloud, learning about life, and the dangers of self-repression, all of which are whipped out with frightening speed and conviction while he is undoing the third button on his girl's blouse.

    Sex and the College Girl 1969

  • It is an ancient philosophical term for materialism, epicureanism, or any secularism.



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  • 1. The philosophical system or doctrine of Epicurus, holding that the external world is a series of fortuitous combinations of atoms and that the highest good is pleasure, interpreted as freedom from disturbance or pain.

    May 1, 2009