Definition of epicure in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛpɪkjʊə/
Pronunciation: /ˈɛpɪkjɔː/


A person who takes particular pleasure in fine food and drink: they see themselves as epicures—delighting in food that is properly prepared
More example sentences
  • Liquor stores are plentiful and there are even gourmet shops for the epicures.
  • It does not make sense that animals that are on the verge of extinction are caught because of a minority of epicures.
  • The assembled epicures praised this exquisite tea.



Pronunciation: /ˈɛpɪkjʊəˌrɪz(ə)m/
Pronunciation: /ˈɛpɪkjɔːˌrɪz(ə)m/
Example sentences
  • His personal enemies of promise were sloth, disguised as fastidious indolence; gluttony, disguised as epicurism; and bibulosity, masquerading as connoisseurship.


Late Middle English (denoting a disciple of Epicurus): via medieval Latin from Greek Epikouros 'Epicurus'.

  • In ancient times an Epicure was a follower of the Athenian philosopher Epicurus (341–270 bc). The Epicures or Epicureans were ‘hedonists’ who believed that pleasure was the highest good, although the pleasure they had in mind was restrained. They valued mental pleasure more highly than physical, and thought that the ultimate pleasure was freedom from anxiety and mental pain, especially from needless fear of death and the gods. In their view the gods existed but did not concern themselves with humans. Because they talked of ‘pleasure’ (hēdonē in Greek, as in hedonist (mid 19th century)) as the most desirable objective, people later thought of them as dedicated to having a good time all of the time. Nowadays, the word is restricted in meaning to someone with a particular interest in good food. See also cynic, stoic

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