Word Of the Day: Voluptuary



1. a person whose life is devoted to the enjoyment of luxury and sensual pleasures; a sensualist: “Lynn resolved to cut down on his hours and recapture a bit of the lifestyle he had known as a young voluptuary.”

adjective form: voluptuary


Approximately 1610; perhaps borrowed from French, ‘voluptuaire’; from Medieval Latin, ‘voluptuarius’; from Latin, ‘voluptarius’: of or pertaining to pleasure, from ‘voluptas’: pleasure, from ‘volup’: pleasurably, from ‘volupe,’ neuter of ‘volupis’: pleasant, related to ‘velle’: to wish, which is related to the root ‘wel-‘: (1) to wish, to will.

Courtesy of Vocab Vitmains.

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