Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sybaritism (Hedonism, Dionysian)

Sybaritic: The ancient Greeks must have lived in wonderfully pleasurable times. They've given us three words to dedicated to lives of pleasure. First is Hedonism, from the Greek word for pleasure, as the doctrine that pleasure is the most important thing in life. The next is Dionysian to describe any person, party, or group dedicated to pleasure, named for the Greek god of wine. Finally, we have sybaritic, an adjective denoting luxury and pleasure. Sybaritic derives from a Greek colony in southern Italy named Sabyris. This colony was famous for luxurious decadence.
They were attractive enough, but the monotonic fatkins devotion to sybaritism was so tiresome.
Lester seemed to like bragging about the meltdowns they experienced, each one an oddity of sybaritic fatkins culture to boast about.
A Book for Today: Makers by Cory Doctorow

Sage popped a fat, juicy strawberry into her mouth and chewed with sybaritic enthusiasm.
A Book for Today: Texas! Lucky by Sandra Brown

Your father admitted that when he handed over to me and went off to the Chateau du Four in Grimaud for a well-earned and sybaritic retirement.

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