voluptuary

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj voluptuary displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses "an epicurean banquet","enjoyed a luxurious suite with a crystal chandelier and thick oriental rugs","Lucullus spent the remainder of his days in voluptuous magnificence","a chinchilla robe of sybaritic lavishness"
    • n voluptuary a person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Voluptuary A voluptuous person; one who makes his physical enjoyment his chief care; one addicted to luxury, and the gratification of sensual appetites. "A good-humored, but hard-hearted, voluptuary ."
    • a Voluptuary Voluptuous; luxurious.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • voluptuary Pertaining or contributing to luxury and sensual pleasure; promoting sensual indulgence.
    • voluptuary Given to sensual indulgence; voluptuous: as, voluptuary habits.
    • n voluptuary pl. voluptuaries (-riz). A man given up to luxury or the gratification of the appetite and other sensual indulgences; a sensualist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Voluptuary vō-lup′tū-a-ri a voluptuous person, or one excessively given to bodily enjoyments or luxury: a sensualist
    • adj Voluptuary promoting sensual pleasure
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. voluptuarius, or voluptarius, fr. voluptas, pleasure

Usage

In literature:

In his riot of the senses there was more of the athlete than of the voluptuary.
"Robert Browning" by C. H. Herford
But observe the male oriental voluptuary does not himself dance.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8" by Ambrose Bierce
At any rate they were not the voluptuaries which Ctesias represented them.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 2. (of 7): Assyria" by George Rawlinson
Such a word was a mockery in the mouth of such a voluptuary.
"Bought and Paid For" by Arthur Hornblow
Now the apostle may be a voluptuary without much conscience.
"Oscar Wilde, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Frank Harris
Elizabeth was a vain voluptuary.
"A Short History of Russia" by Mary Platt Parmele
Kelp Gatherer, Day of Trial, Voluptuary Cured.
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Zilda Chaplot was formed for pleasure, yet there is no tendency latent in her which could have made her a voluptuary.
"A Dozen Ways Of Love" by Lily Dougall
The fickle voluptuary sought new pleasures, and the bride so lately exalted to a throne was no longer an object of envy.
"Notable Women of Olden Time" by Anonymous
The voluptuary, that is why he will not open the door.
"Bohemians of the Latin Quarter" by Henry Murger
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In poetry:

'Twas a summer such as broods
O'er enchanted solitudes,
Where the hand of Fancy leads us through voluptuary moods,
And with lavish love out-pours
All the wealth of out-of-doors,
And woos our feet o'er velvet paths and honeysuckle floors.
"A Wraith Of Summertime" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

My friend Clive Bell is a fathead and a voluptuary.
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