Word of the day

The word for today is…

hedonism (noun) – 1. Pursuit of or devotion to pleasure, especially to the pleasures of the senses.
2. (Philosophy) The ethical doctrine holding that only what is pleasant or has pleasant consequences is intrinsically good.
3. (Psychology) The doctrine holding that behavior is motivated by the desire for pleasure and the avoidance of pain.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Hedonism is a modern word derived from Greek hēdonḗ “pleasure, enjoyment.” The Greek noun derives from the Greek root hēd- (and hād- and hwād- in dialects). The Greek roots reflect the Proto-Indo-European root swād- “sweet, pleasant,” represented in Latin by suāvis “sweet” and suādēre “to persuade,” and in Germanic by Old English swēte (modern English sweet), Old High German swuozi (modern German süss). Hedonism entered English in the 19th century.


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