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  • 1The pursuit of pleasure; sensual self-indulgence.

    ‘The whole point of a sports car is hedonism, the selfish pursuit of pleasure.’
    • ‘He represents bored self-indulgence and hedonism.’
    • ‘There is a critique of hedonism, or the pursuit of pleasure.’
    • ‘To me, hedonism and decadence are completely opposed.’
    • ‘It is a novel about tension between duty and responsibility on the one hand and hedonism and indulgence on the other.’
    • ‘Eventually we all fell asleep on the couch but I, fearing some moment of excessive hedonism, swiftly made an exit.’
    • ‘Surely their fate carries with it lurid tales of hedonism and excessive violence?’
    • ‘We have entered an age of trashy, casual hedonism in which mild decadence is all the rage.’
    • ‘It's a glimpse into the golden age of kings, a lost world of luxury, political scheming, extravagance and hedonism.’
    • ‘And predictably, there have been warnings that the new hedonism itself might be a touch too hedonistic, posing a potential risk to people's health and wellbeing.’
    • ‘The club sold its soul to the devil of capitalism, and whilst the short term gains were success, admiration, a growing international fan base and kudos, that avenue of hedonism has finally delivered the bill.’
    • ‘Their faith, that ‘life is hard and success doesn't come easy ’, is undermined by Joe's evangelism of an earthly paradise of wealth and hedonism.’
    • ‘Traditional songs about love of God, nation, and family are now being pushed to the wayside in the world of country, as new tunes championing hedonism take center stage.’
    • ‘To give in to the idea of being drunk as defining your excitement as a human being would be to cut against the grain of what I believed about social hedonism in the first place - that it was not about running away, but engaging.’
    • ‘In the Town Square, shops have been replaced by cafes and restaurants and the last vestiges of mall functionality have been eradicated completely in favor of lifestyle hedonism.’
    • ‘Other people might get that hedonism via a drunken night out (indeed, I've been known to do this on one or two occasions), watching a movie, sport, whatever.’
    • ‘It's not so much that I've quietened down, as that I've channelled my energies into things that are more productive than out-and-out hedonism.’
    • ‘Let's remember her romance, her image, her hedonism, her families.’
    • ‘How to deal with grave damage while still keeping going economies whose buoyancy is so related to confidence, morale and a degree of hedonism is an even more difficult question.’
    • ‘To her it was a ‘wonderful’ time that allowed the full talents of creative young people to flower, and claims of hedonism are a gross exaggeration.’
    self-indulgence, indulgence, pursuit of pleasure, pleasure-seeking, lotus-eating, epicureanism, epicurism, self-gratification
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    1. 1.1Philosophy The ethical theory that pleasure (in the sense of the satisfaction of desires) is the highest good and proper aim of human life.
      ‘In the twentieth century, most of those sympathetic to utilitarianism replaced hedonism with the desire-fulfilment theory.’
      • ‘Although hedonism fails as a theory that gives us a fixed end, it does contain a methodological insight.’
      • ‘In fact hedonism, the view that pleasure is our ethical end, is always on the defensive in ancient ethics.’
      • ‘They viewed the world as a great machine, adopted hedonism as their ethics, and interpreted history from a subjective-critical point of view.’
      • ‘So utilitarianism, despite its traditional ties to welfare hedonism, is compatible with any of the four accounts of utility.’



/ˈhēdnˌizəm/ /ˈhidnˌɪzəm/ /ˈhēdəˌnizəm/ /ˈhidəˌnɪzəm/


Mid 19th century from Greek hēdonē ‘pleasure’+ -ism.