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epicurean (ep-i-kyoo-REE-uhn, -KYOOR-ee-) adjective

1. Devoted to the pursuit of pleasure; fond of good food, comfort, and ease.

2. Suited to the tastes of an epicure.

3. Epicurean. Of or relating to Epicurus or Epicureanism.

epicurean noun

1. A devotee to sensuous and luxurious living; an epicure.

2. Epicurean. A follower of Epicurus.

[Middle English Epicurien, from Epicure.]

"Michael and Ariane Batterberry, founding editors of the trade magazine Food Arts, report on the hottest food and dining-out trends several times a year for USA TODAY. Today, in an epicurean epitaph, left, and excerpts from the December issue of Food Arts, they look back on the major dining trends of 1996." Michael Batterberry; Ariane Batterberry, Regional cuisines tickled the taste buds, USA TODAY, 10 Dec 1996.

A carefully selected word can have the same effect on a message as the right seasoning has on a culinary preparation. It can flavor the communication or make it unpalatable. This week's words describe the shades of differences in words related to people who like and prepare food. -Anu

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The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. -Marcus Aurelius, philosopher, writer, Roman emperor (121-180)


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