pleasure

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pleasure sexual gratification "he took his pleasure of her"
    • n pleasure an activity that affords enjoyment "he puts duty before pleasure"
    • n pleasure a formal expression "he serves at the pleasure of the President"
    • n pleasure something or someone that provides a source of happiness "a joy to behold","the pleasure of his company","the new car is a delight"
    • n pleasure a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience "he was tingling with pleasure"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Roman emperor Domitian took great pleasure in being secluded in his room for hours and catching flies and stabbing them with pens
    • Pleasure Amusement; sport; diversion; self-indulgence; frivolous or dissipating enjoyment; hence, sensual gratification; -- opposed to labor service duty self-denial, etc. "Not sunk in carnal pleasure .""He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man.""Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God."
    • Pleasure That which pleases; a favor; a gratification. "Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure"
    • Pleasure The gratification of the senses or of the mind; agreeable sensations or emotions; the excitement, relish, or happiness produced by the expectation or the enjoyment of something good, delightful, or satisfying; -- opposed to pain sorrow, etc. "At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."
    • v. t Pleasure To give or afford pleasure to; to please; to gratify. "Rolled] his hoop to pleasure Edith."
    • v. i Pleasure To take pleasure; to seek pursue pleasure; as, to go pleasuring .
    • Pleasure What the will dictates or prefers as gratifying or satisfying; hence, will; choice; wish; purpose. "He will do his pleasure on Babylon.""Use your pleasure ; if your love do not presuade you to come, let not my letter."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure
    • n pleasure That character of a feeling by virtue of which it gratifies the sentient being that experiences it, so that there is an impulse to its continuance or renewal. As being a character of a mere feeling, pleasure is distinguished from happiness, which is a general state of consciousness arising from such an adaptation of circumstances to desires as to produce a prevalent sense of satisfaction. According to hedonistic writers, happiness consists in an excess of pleasure over pain. Pleasure is measured by its intensity, its duration, the freedom from consequent pain, the number of persons whom it affects, etc.
    • n pleasure Sensual gratification; indulgeuce of the appetites.
    • n pleasure That which pleases or gratifies the senses or the mind; that which is delightful or beautiful.
    • n pleasure A favor; gratification.
    • n pleasure Will; desire; preference, or whatever one chooses, desires, or wills: as, it is my pleasure to remain.
    • n pleasure Synonyms Joy, Delight, etc. (see gladness), satisfaction, comfort, solace.
    • n pleasure Self-indulgence; luxury, sensuality, voluptuousness.
    • n pleasure Kindness.
    • pleasure To give pleasure to; please; gratify.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hedenophobic means fear of pleasure.
    • n Pleasure (plezh′ūr) agreeable emotions: gratification of the senses or of the mind: what the will prefers: purpose: command: approbation
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Quotations

  • Christopher Marlowe
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    “Come live with me, and be my love, and we will all the pleasures prove.”
  • Aphra Behn
    Aphra Behn
    “Love ceases to be a pleasure, when it ceases to be a secret.”
  • Italo Calvino
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    “In love, as in gluttony, pleasure is a matter of the utmost precision.”
  • Alfred Mercier
    Alfred Mercier
    “What we learn with pleasure we never forget.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “It is the only sensual pleasure without vice.”
  • Jane Austen
    Jane%20Austen
    “Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. plaisir, originally an infinitive. See Please
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. plaisir (Fr. plaire)—L. placēre, to please.

Usage

In literature:

There are certain days when one feels less pleasure than others in exposing one's self to a bullet or a sword-thrust.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Sixth and seventh days, pleasure in moderately bright daylight (3, 4).
"The Mind of the Child, Part II" by W. Preyer
A strange sort of unearthly pain mixes with the intense pleasure.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
Queen Victoria, from the very first, took great pleasure in filing the correspondence addressed to her.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
You will sleep better, think clearer; you will learn to enjoy mental pleasures more than material pleasures.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
There was nothing but pleasure in her mind.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
All this promises no pleasure; rather the very opposite.
"The Home" by Fredrika Bremer
She gave a sigh of pleasure as she turned it over.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
His pleasure in the pleasure of his sister was intense.
"Shenac's Work at Home" by Margaret Murray Robertson
But in a short time she became more familiar, and accompanied me every day, her countenance exhibiting visible pleasure.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
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In poetry:

Sad were their days on earth,
Mid hate and scorn;
A life of pleasure's dearth,
A death forlorn.
"The 'Athletes Of The Universe'" by Samuel John Stone
Pleasures such as shall pursue
Me immortalized, and you;
And fresh joys, as never too
Have ending.
"The White Island:or Place Of The Blest" by Robert Herrick
All the sky is scarlet
Flaming on the azure.
O, there's fire in Heaven
My heart aches with pleasure.
"Winter Sunset" by Katharine Tynan
Are its palaces and pleasures
Fantasies that fade?
And the glory of its treasures
Shadow of a shade?
"Speculation" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Conscience is the treasure
Lock'd within his breast,--
What were all the rest
To that inner pleasure?
"The Sense Of Right" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Feet with feet are meeting,
Bent on pleasure's way;
Souls to souls give greeting
Warm on Christmas day.
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

Getty ImagesIt's a genuine pleasure to enjoy baseball novels that are able to create their own world of incredible.
In 2011, I had the pleasure of seeing hundreds of bands perform live.
A WITTY CELEBRANT OF AN AGE OF PLEASURE.
Tony Romo and Candice Crawford presumably met by mixing business with pleasure.
Life's guilty pleasures usually thrive during tough economic times.
Shark attacks kayak off Pleasure Point.
Working with the new MXL.006 is a pleasure.
Its honesty, candor and arrangment into three-line stanzas make it a pleasure to read.
Helen Oyeyemi's latest, "Mr. Fox," is one of those works, and it is -- largely -- a pleasure.
Countless pleasures from the Far East.
Of all the sessions I've had the pleasure of hosting at KDHX, this one may be my favorite.
The McDonald's on Pleasure Island is a very popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
Value, pleasure and choice in the ventral prefrontal cortex.
Simple pleasures often catch us unawares.
Guilty Pleasure Fair Food Comes to Gourmet Ranch.
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In science:

Examples of items from Protocol 2 (Pleasure vs.
Curiosity and Pleasure
This example illustrates that Table 1 gives relevant data for testing our hypothesis about correlation between curiosity and pleasure.
Curiosity and Pleasure
In reality both tables show comparable correlation between curiosity and pleasure, lead to the same conclusion and this discussion becomes irrelevant.
Curiosity and Pleasure
It is significant to note that only one correlation in each matrix is significant, that is the correlation between rating on curiosity and on pleasure of learning.
Curiosity and Pleasure
Curiosity, may be added as a correlate with pleasure.
Curiosity and Pleasure
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