sybarite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sybarite a person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sybarite A person devoted to luxury and pleasure; a voluptuary.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Sybarite An inhabitant of Sybaris, an Achæan colony in Lucania, founded 720 b. c., and destroyed by the Crotoniates 510 b. c.; hence, a person devoted to luxury and pleasure, Sybaris being proverbial for its luxury.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sybarite sib′a-rīt an inhabitant of Sybaris, a Greek city in ancient Italy, on the Gulf of Tarentum, noted for the effeminacy and luxury of its inhabitants: one devoted to luxury
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Sybarita, Gr. , fr. , a city in Italy, noted for the effeminacy and voluptuousness of its inhabitants; cf. F. Sybarite,

Usage

In literature:

He reigned according to the precepts of sages; he lived after the example of the Sybarites.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
Sybarites have a bad name.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 117, July, 1867." by Various
And George Vavasor was no Sybarite.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
By nature he was a sybarite.
"The Yukon Trail" by William MacLeod Raine
Every man has within him something of the Sybarite.
"Brood of the Witch-Queen" by Sax Rohmer
I need the bracing air, the Spartan touch of the cold that the Sybarite in me dreads.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
What sybarites you are!
"The Jolliest School of All" by Angela Brazil
He was not used to travelling on omnibuses, being something of a sybarite who spared nothing to ensure his own comfort.
"The Daffodil Mystery" by Edgar Wallace
We were becoming selfish, self-indulgent, sybaritic rapidly.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 4, October, 1864" by Various
But Brotteaux, who was a Sybarite, betook himself to the barn to sleep among the hay.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France
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In poetry:

Patrician state, plebeian blood
Soon foster sybarites, and they,
Squand'ring their riches, wood by wood,
Die palsied wrecks debauched and gray.
"Frost" by Madison Julius Cawein
Every luxury known through the earth's wide expanse,
In profusion procured was put forth to enhance
The repast that they gave;
And no Sybarite, nursed in the lap of delight,
Such a banquet ere tasted as welcomed that night
The elect of the grave.
"The Feast Of Freedom" by Victor Marie Hugo

In news:

It was the late company's flagship model in the mid-1990s, an advanced front-wheel-drive sedan that combined dynamic modern styling, sybaritic luxury and a state-of-the-art V-8 engine and drivetrain.
A LUSH oasis in the Ur-womb of Andalusia, alternately austere and sybaritic, Seville boasts a rich history of religious fervor rivaled only by its sensual self-indulgence.
DANIEL ERATH / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Sybarites women's club.
Thanks to "Sybarites Sail into Spring" at the Southern Yacht Club, the Holy Cross School Blue &amp.
At the Marni boutique in Tokyo, Sybarite UK played with bewitching signature elements.
"Be prepared" takes on sybaritic significance with seven versatile recipes.
Murray Dixon–built Hotel Victor has been restored in high sybaritic fashion by celebrated French designer Jacques Garcia.
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