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Utilitarians

A word first used by John Stuart Mill; but Jeremy Bentham employed the word “Utility” to signify the doctrine which makes “the happiness of man” the one and only measure of right and wrong.

Oh, happiness, our being's end and aim ...
For which we bear to live, or dare to die,

Pope: Essay on Man, Epistle iv.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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