Definition of sybarite in English:


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  • A person who is self-indulgent in their fondness for sensuous luxury.

    ‘I've encountered people who lived as self-involved sybarites for years but assumed a new Christian identity in middle age.’
    • ‘Intermediates who want to build their confidence and technique on a big network of connected pistes should look elsewhere, but for sybarites, party people and adrenaline freaks, it's the place to be.’
    • ‘As a flat, infertile protectorate of Britain, isolated at the northern fringe of the Leeward chain, you might expect it to offer nothing to sybarites, particularly in matters of food.’
    • ‘When a man lives in a multi-million dollar mansion and makes a hundred million a year, his kids are more than likely to become drug-using sybarites.’
    • ‘They were sybarites who enjoyed power and indulgence.’
    • ‘Hope it's repeated as we'll be out being sybarites.’
    • ‘Australian TV executives were wary of such a project and its unabashed depiction of such swaggering women but Riley and Turner persevered and eventually won the day, delivering a classy, confident spoof of suburban sybarites.’
    • ‘Luxury amid coastal wilderness is beguiling but concerns locals, who fear too many sybarites will spoil the coast.’
    • ‘This is Naldhera perched way above sea level, with majestic views of the Shimla ridge, offering nature for the sybarite, hiking and rafting for the athlete and golf for those who are into handicaps and hole-in-ones.’
    • ‘Utterly sublime even for a dedicated sybarite.’
    • ‘They encouraged him, while in the city, to live like a sybarite.’
    • ‘He is essentially a sybarite, renting a spacious palazzo by the Grand Canal, eating, drinking and, separated from his wife in England, womanising with zest.’
    • ‘He cannot go on being a mendacious sybarite inside and outside Parliament, and get away with it.’
    • ‘Call me an idle sybarite, but I value this capability.’
    • ‘Spectacle is the best word to describe the show; as it would enthuse the most jaded sybarite.’
    • ‘Would you be kind enough to go back on deck and tell Kay that I said she's an uncultivated, ill-bred sybarite?’
    hedonist, sensualist, voluptuary, libertine, pleasure seeker, playboy, epicure, glutton, gourmand, gastronome
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/ˈsibəˌrīt/ /ˈsɪbəˌraɪt/


Mid 16th century (originally denoting an inhabitant of Sybaris, an ancient Greek city in southern Italy, noted for luxury): via Latin from Greek Subaritēs.