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Jan 26, 2012
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Words from the Mediterranean

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argosy
paladin
damascene
sybarite
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sybarite

PRONUNCIATION:
(SIB-uh-ryt)

MEANING:
noun: A person devoted to luxury and pleasure.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Sybaris, an ancient Greek city in southern Italy noted for its wealth, and whose residents were notorious for their love of luxury. Earliest documented use: 1598.

USAGE:
"Tom Naylor sounds like a bit of a sybarite himself, who'd enjoy a good wine, cigar, or work of art."
Rick Salutin; Mr. 1 Per Cent Meets His Match; The Toronto Star (Canada); Dec 1, 2011.

See more usage examples of sybarite in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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