Definition of "hedonism" []

  • Pursuit of or devotion to pleasure, especially to the pleasures of the senses. (noun)
  • Philosophy The ethical doctrine holding that only what is pleasant or has pleasant consequences is intrinsically good. (noun)
  • Psychology The doctrine holding that behavior is motivated by the desire for pleasure and the avoidance of pain. (noun)

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Use "hedonism" in a sentence
  • "This distinction does not save you, because more sophisticated long-term hedonism is really no better than short-term hedonism both of which must be distinguished from disciplined action."
  • "We are now watching the spectacle of another experiment in hedonism, the European Union, as it learns the grim facts of life."
  • "I'm just not sure if the 10% hedonism is a flaw or a virtue."