Sybaritic: pertaining to or characteristic of a sybarite; characterized by or loving luxury or sensuous pleasure: to wallow in sybaritic splendor.
Sounds to me like Sybaris – a town in Italy – was the place to be in the 6th century. Known for it’s wealth and luxury, the town was eventually destroyed by warring inhabitants who were quarrelling over – what else – power. Hmmm, sound familiar? I wonder if the Sybarite’s financial and auto industries were in need of a bailout.
Just in case you were feeling foolish that you didn’t know this word, don’t worry. You are not alone. According to an on-line search engine that tracks word searches, the number of times various trade publications looked up this word was a whopping 9. You should now feel like a member of the elite, well-spoken group of people who read trade publications with the word ‘sybaritic’ in it. Sounds like they would make for a fun dinner party.