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In a word: sybaritic

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:


The people of Sybaris, a Greek city in southern Italy on the Gulf of Tarentum, were famed in classical antiquity for their wealth and their fondness for voluptuous living, at least until their city was destroyed in 510 B.C.

They leave us a word, sybaritic (pronounced sib-uh-RIT-ik), for people fond of self-indulgence and luxury. The word can convey both envy and, thanks to our Puritan heritage, disapproval. Sybarites are not...