Hedonism



[heed-n-iz-uh m] /ˈhid nˌɪz əm/

noun
1.
the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the highest good.
2.
devotion to pleasure as a way of life:
The later Roman emperors were notorious for their hedonism.
/ˈhiːdəˌnɪzəm; ˈhɛd-/
noun
1.
(ethics)

2.
the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of principle
3.
indulgence in sensual pleasures
n.

1856, from Greek hedone (see hedonist) + -ism.
hedonism [(heed-n-iz-uhm)]

In ethics, the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the highest good in life. Some hedonists, such as the Epicureans, have insisted that pleasure of the entire mind, not just pleasure of the senses, is this highest good.

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