voluptuary

I just really like today’s Word of the Day. It’s appropriate for this time of year. That, and it sounds cool to say it. 😉

voluptuary \vuh-LUHP-choo-er-ee\, noun:
A person devoted to luxury and the gratification of sensual appetites; a sensualist.

adjective:
Voluptuous; luxurious.

Colette used to begin her day’s writing by first picking fleas from her cat, and it’s not hard to imagine how the methodical stroking and probing into fur might have focused such a voluptuary’s mind.

–Diane Ackerman, “O Muse! You Do Make Things Difficult!” New York Times, November 12, 1989

Though depicted as a decadent voluptuary, she remained celibate for more than half of her adult life.

–Michiko Kakutani, “Cleopatra Behind Her Magic Mirror,” New York Times, June 5, 1990


Voluptuary derives from Latin voluptarius, “devoted to pleasure,” from voluptas, “pleasure.”

Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation for voluptuary

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