Definition of voluptuary in English:

voluptuary

noun

  • A person devoted to luxury and sensual pleasure.

    • ‘Forget purported health benefits of vegetarian meals, this is a dish for voluptuaries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘These aren't matter-of-fact troopers following orders, but sadistic voluptuaries, smacking their lips in satisfaction while doing a job that's fun.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What eluded him was why the music appealed to anyone other than sentimental voluptuaries corrupted by Victorianism and what made it unique to Brahms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

voluptuary

/vəˈləp(t)SHəˌwerē/