Epicurean is an adjective that means devoted to the pursuit of pleasure. It’s also a noun that refers to a person who is devoted to living an epicurean life.
Our word of the day is coined after an ancient Greek philosopher named Epicurus. He was known for stressing the importance of living a happy life. In time, his philosophy became simplified into a pursuit of pleasure — with an emphasis on the consumption of food.
I had never thought of Tony as an epicurean before our dinner last night. But when I saw him scarf down those pork chops and French fries, I knew this was a man devoted to pursuing life’s pleasures.