Definition of voluptuary in English:

voluptuary

noun

  • A person devoted to luxury and sensual pleasure.

    • ‘We despise and abhor the bully, the brawler, the oppressor, whether in private or public life, but we despise no less the coward and the voluptuary.’
    • ‘The dancer makes her a voluptuary from the start, selling her soul for pleasure.’
    • ‘A display cabinet of ornaments, including a china voluptuary bathing in something foamy, is to become a particular favourite.’
    • ‘A massive nude such as Seated Woman is less constrained by social identity than the businessmen, yet her stilted and impassive air suggests not a voluptuary but a studio model.’
    • ‘What eluded him was why the music appealed to anyone other than sentimental voluptuaries corrupted by Victorianism and what made it unique to Brahms.’
    • ‘These aren't matter-of-fact troopers following orders, but sadistic voluptuaries, smacking their lips in satisfaction while doing a job that's fun.’
    • ‘She defies all convention by playing the character not as some swaggering voluptuary but as a gracious, humane woman whose mission is to prevent her daughter repeating her mistakes.’
    • ‘The novel's Italians are listless voluptuaries, its Germans are dedicated and earnest, its nuns are whores or maniacs and its censors are libidinously thrilled by the material they censor.’
    • ‘Forget purported health benefits of vegetarian meals, this is a dish for voluptuaries.’
    • ‘They were so at home that a complaint was sent to the East India Company headquarters, ‘that the household of a Factor bore a stronger resemblance to the harem of some Mussulman voluptuary than to the household of a Christian trader.’’
    • ‘The 1963 cult film classic introduced a cast of campy and erotic voluptuaries, some of them drag queens, in a series of beautiful and delirious tableaus.’
    philanderer, ladies' man, playboy, rake, roué, loose-liver, don juan, lothario, casanova, romeo
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adjective

  • Concerned with luxury and sensual pleasure.

    ‘a voluptuary decade when high living was in style’
    licentious, lustful, libidinous, lecherous, lascivious, lubricious, dissolute, dissipated, debauched, immoral, wanton, shameless, degenerate, depraved, debased, profligate, promiscuous, unchaste, lewd, prurient, salacious, indecent, immodest, impure, carnal, intemperate, abandoned, unrestrained, unprincipled, reprobate
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Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin volupt(u)arius, from voluptas ‘pleasure’.

Pronunciation

voluptuary

/vəˈləp(t)SHəˌwerē//vəˈləp(t)ʃəˌwɛri/