from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or marked by pleasure.
  • adj. Of or relating to hedonism or hedonists.

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  • adj. Of or relating to pleasure
  • adj. Pursuing pleasure in a devoted manner
  • adj. Of or relating to the hedonists or to hedonism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to pleasure.
  • adj. Of or relating to Hedonism or the Hedonic sect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or consisting in pleasure.
  • Of the nature of hedonism; regarding one's own enjoyment as the chief good.
  • Pertaining to sexual excitement.

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

  • adj. devoted to pleasure


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Greek hēdonikos, from hēdonē, pleasure; see swād- in Indo-European roots.

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From Ancient Greek ἡδονή (hēdonē, "pleasure") + -ic.


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