hedonism

(noun) “[T]he pursuit of pleasure as a matter of ethical principle” (Princeton University 2010).

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Usage Notes:

  • Hedonism is opposed to asceticism.
  • A (noun) hedonist pursues hedonism for (adjective) hedonistic or  (adjective) hedonic pleasure.

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Princeton University. 2010. “About WordNet.” WordNet. (http://wordnet.princeton.edu/wordnet).