sybaritic

   Sensuous; devoted to or marked by excessive luxury. Of or relating to the people of Sybaris, an ancient Greek colony in southern Italy. Such people are sometimes called sybarites as well as Sybarites. Noted for its wealth and luxury, Sybaris was destroyed in warfare in 510 BCE. (pr. si'bh-ri"tek) Also see aestheticism, erotica and erotic art, fin de siècle, obscenity, pornography, sensuality, and voyeurism.

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  • Sybaritic — Syb a*rit ic, Sybaritical Syb a*rit ic*al, a. [L. Sybariticus, Gr. ?.] Of or pertaining to the Sybarites; resembling the Sybarites; luxurious; wanton; effeminate. Sybaritic dinners. Bp. Warburton. Sybaritical cloistres. Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sybaritic — 1610s, from L. sybariticus, from Gk. sybaritikos, from Sybarites (see SYBARITE (Cf. Sybarite)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sybaritic — *sensuous, sensual, luxurious, voluptuous, epicurean …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Sybaritic — Sybaritically, adv. /sib euh rit ik/, adj. 1. (usually l.c.) pertaining to or characteristic of a sybarite; characterized by or loving luxury or sensuous pleasure: to wallow in sybaritic splendor. 2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of… …   Universalium

  • sybaritic — syb|a|rit|ic [ ,sıbə rıtık ] adjective FORMAL a sybaritic person likes pleasure, a comfortable life, and beautiful expensive things ╾ syb|a|rite [ sıbə,raıt ] noun count …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sybaritic — [[t]sɪbərɪ̱tɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Someone who has a sybaritic way of life spends a lot of time relaxing in a luxurious way. [FORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • sybaritic — adjective she regretted having left her homespun past for this sybaritic life with Lanzo Syn: luxurious, extravagant, lavish, self indulgent, pleasure seeking, sensual, voluptuous, hedonistic, epicurean, lotus eating, libertine, debauched,… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • sybaritic — UK [ˌsɪbəˈrɪtɪk] / US adjective formal a sybaritic person likes pleasure, a comfortable life, and beautiful expensive things Derived word: sybarite UK [ˈsɪbəraɪt] / US [ˈsɪbəˌraɪt] noun countable Word forms sybarite : singular sybarite plural… …   English dictionary

  • sybaritic — sybarite ► NOUN ▪ a person who is self indulgently fond of sensuous luxury. DERIVATIVES sybaritic adjective. ORIGIN originally denoting an inhabitant of Sybaris, an ancient Greek city in southern Italy, noted for its luxury …   English terms dictionary

  • sybaritic — adjective displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses an epicurean banquet enjoyed a luxurious suite with a crystal chandelier and thick oriental rugs Lucullus spent the remainder of his days in voluptuous magnificence a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sybaritic — adjective see sybarite …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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