(3 syl.). A self-indulgent person; a wanton. The inhabitants
of Sybaris, in South Italy, were proverbial for their luxurious living
and self-indulgence. A tale is told by Seneca of a Sybarite who
complained that he could not rest comfortably at night, and being asked
why, replied, “He found a rose-leaf doubled under him, and it hurt
him.” (See Ripaille.)
All is calm as would delight the heart
Of Sybarite of old.
Thomson: Castle of Indolence,
The Sybarites taught their horses to dance to the sound of a pipe.
When the Crotonians marched against Sybaris they began to play on their
pipes, whereupon all the Sybarite horses drawn out in array before the
town began to dance, disorder soon prevailed in the ranks, and the
victory was quick and easy.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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