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Sunday Word: Voluptuary

voluptuary [vuh-luhp-choo-er-ee]

a person whose life is devoted to luxury and sensual pleasures
of, relating to, or characterised by preoccupation with luxury and sensual pleasure:


Fleshy, briny and brimming with umami, the Pacific treats we tasted were sublime. “Do any of them have pearls?” asked a voluptuary in the group. (George Epaminondas, A new way of seeing Australia, The Australian, July 2021)

Instead, he simply began writing his own roles: androgynous messiah, drug-addled rock voluptuary, purveyor of imitation soul. (Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Stardust, the Bowie biopic without any Bowie songs, is velvet garbage, AVClub, November 2020)

'I Used to Be Charming: The Rest of Eve Babitz' is the publisher’s third title exhuming the work of a voluptuous voluptuary with fizzy prose who once announced to her mother that 'adventuress' might be her career choice. (Penelope Green, The Eve Babitz Revival, The New York Times, October 2019)


c. 1600 (noun and adjective), from French voluptuaire and directly from Latin voluptuarius, earlier voluptarius 'of pleasure, giving enjoyment; devoted to pleasure, luxurious,' from voluptas 'pleasure' (Online Etymology Dictionary)

Tags: adjective, latin, noun, v, wordsmith: sallymn

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