Definition of hedonic in US English:

hedonic

adjective

technical
  • Relating to or considered in terms of pleasant (or unpleasant) sensations.

    • ‘Your top character traits are those that allow you to achieve meaningful happiness, instead of mere hedonic pleasure.’
    • ‘Is there a way out of the hedonic treadmill, the Western model of craving and attachment?’
    • ‘People view hedonic versus practical goods differently in terms of time and money spent to acquire them.’
    • ‘Other psychologists have proposed theories to account for the changes in behavior that take place when hedonic events follow the behavior.’
    • ‘And it is the contrast between that hedonic state and the expectation of reward when the discriminative stimuli appear, that determines the relative value of those stimuli.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Greek hēdonikos, from hēdonē ‘pleasure’.

Pronunciation

hedonic

/hiˈdɑnɪk//hēˈdänik/