Definition of voluptuary in English:



  • A person devoted to luxury and sensual pleasure.

    • ‘Forget purported health benefits of vegetarian meals, this is a dish for voluptuaries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘What eluded him was why the music appealed to anyone other than sentimental voluptuaries corrupted by Victorianism and what made it unique to Brahms.’
    • ‘The dancer makes her a voluptuary from the start, selling her soul for pleasure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A display cabinet of ornaments, including a china voluptuary bathing in something foamy, is to become a particular favourite.’
    philanderer, ladies' man, playboy, rake, roué, loose-liver, don juan, lothario, casanova, romeo
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  • Concerned with or characterized by luxury and sensual pleasure:

    ‘a voluptuary decade when high living was in style’


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