Epicureanism



[ep-i-kyoo-ree-uh-niz-uh m, -kyoo r-ee-] /ˌɛp ɪ kyʊˈri əˌnɪz əm, -ˈkyʊər i-/

noun
1.
the philosophical system or doctrine of Epicurus, holding that the external world is a series of fortuitous combinations of atoms and that the highest good is pleasure, interpreted as freedom from disturbance or pain.
2.
(lowercase) indulgence or habits.
n.

1751, with reference to a philosophy; 1847 in a general sense, from epicurean + -ism. Earlier was epicurism (1570s).
Epicureanism [(ep-i-kyoo-ree-uh-niz-uhm, ep-i-kyoor-ee-uh-niz-uhm)]

A form of hedonism defended by several philosophers of ancient Greece. For the Epicureans, the proper goal of action was pleasure — a long-term pleasure, marked by serenity and temperance.

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