Definition of lotus-eater in English:


Syllabification: lo·tus-eat·er
Pronunciation: /ˈlōdəsˌēdər


A person who spends time indulging in pleasure and luxury rather than dealing with practical concerns.
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  • Of course, with cable TV bringing into Indian drawing rooms visions of myriad destinations for everyone from lotus-eaters, the culture-buffs, and the backpackers, folks want to do a great deal more than armchair travelling.
  • Ennui would set in, as we sophisticated consumers became modern-day lotus-eaters, hooked on channel surfing and material comforts.
  • And look who they're for: not the lotus-eaters, but everyday folk.


mid 19th century: from the people in Homer's Odyssey who lived on the fruit of the lotus, which was said to cause a dreamy forgetfulness in those who ate it.



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  • It's all very well being cool in the lotus-eating time of youth.
  • His Aman resorts are best known as tropical havens of lotus-eating luxury, pleasure domes of extreme relaxation.
  • The other is a lotus-eating exercise in futurology and speculative metaphysics that sometimes left me breathless and sometimes made my flesh creep.

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