American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The state or feeling of being pleased or gratified.
- n. A source of enjoyment or delight: The graceful skaters were a pleasure to watch.
- n. Amusement, diversion, or worldly enjoyment: "Pleasure . . . is a safer guide than either right or duty” ( Samuel Butler).
- n. Sensual gratification or indulgence.
- n. One's preference or wish: What is your pleasure?
- v. To give pleasure or enjoyment to; gratify: Our host pleasured us with his company.
- v. To take pleasure; delight: The hiker paused, pleasuring in the sounds of the forest.
- v. To go in search of pleasure or enjoyment.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. Sensual gratification; indulgeuce of the appetites.
- n. That which pleases or gratifies the senses or the mind; that which is delightful or beautiful.
- n. A favor; gratification.
- n. Will; desire; preference, or whatever one chooses, desires, or wills: as, it is my pleasure to remain.
- n. Synonyms Joy, Delight, etc. (see gladness), satisfaction, comfort, solace.
- n. Self-indulgence; luxury, sensuality, voluptuousness.
- n. Kindness.
- To give pleasure to; please; gratify.
- n. uncountable a state of being pleased
- n. countable a person, thing or action that causes enjoyment
- n. uncountable one's preference
- n. formal (uncountable) the will or desire of someone or some agency in power
- interj. pleasure to meet you, pleased to meet you
- v. transitive to give pleasure (especially sexual pleasure) to
- v. intransitive, dated To take pleasure; to seek or pursue pleasure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. Amusement; sport; diversion; self-indulgence; frivolous or dissipating enjoyment; hence, sensual gratification; -- opposed to
labor, service, duty, self-denial, etc.
- n. What the will dictates or prefers as gratifying or satisfying; hence, will; choice; wish; purpose.
- n. That which pleases; a favor; a gratification.
- v. To give or afford pleasure to; to please; to gratify.
- v. To take pleasure; to seek pursue pleasure.
- n. something or someone that provides a source of happiness
- n. an activity that affords enjoyment
- n. a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience
- n. sexual gratification
- n. a formal expression
- From Middle English, alteration of Middle English plaisir ("pleasure"), from Old French plesir, plaisir ("to please"), infinitive used as a noun, conjugated form of plaisir or plaire, from Latin placēre ("to please, to seem good"), from the Proto-Indo-European *plā-k- (“wide and flat”). More at please. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French plaisir, from plaisir, to please; see please. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Various objections might be made to motivational hedonism: that we are often motivated by things that do not in fact maximize our pleasure, such as motivation to step under a shower that one takes to be suitably warm but which is in fact scalding hot; that not every pleasure that our options for action make available to us motivates us; or that the very idea of maximum ˜pleasure over pain™ or”
“If it is a claim about the common-sense pleasure concept, for example, then it is problematical to stipulate, as was done above, that ˜pleasure™ includes all positive experience.”
“Women" -- he said to me last night -- "are the only pleasure in life -- men and hunting bring content and happiness, work brings satisfaction, but women and their ways are the only _pleasure_.”
“Sexual excitement is accompanied throughout by a sensation of pleasure, specifically known as _voluptuous pleasure_, the _voluptuous sensation_, or simply _voluptuousness_ (in Latin, _libido sexualis_).”
“You know as well as I do that to go to Brookroyd is always a pleasure to me, and that to one who has so little change, and so few friends as I have, it must be a _great pleasure_, but I am not at all times in the mood or circumstances to take my pleasure.”
“A QUAKER (says Hood) makes a pleasure of his business, and then, for relaxation, makes a _business_ of his _pleasure_.”
“As I make use of the word _delight_ to express the sensation which accompanies the removal of pain or danger, so, when I speak of positive pleasure, I shall for the most part call it simply _pleasure_.”
“The least interest could make him abandon his honor; the smallest pleasure could seduce him from his interest; the most frivolous caprice was sufficient to counterbalance his pleasure* [** missing period]”
“Since in God there is no pleasure that is not good, what difference can there be between the _good pleasure_ and the _will_ of God?”
“˜pleasure™ sometimes to refer to (a) a certain kind of mental state or sensation and at other times to refer to (b) non-mental items, such as actions, activities, and pursuits that do or can cause pleasurable mental states (cf. the way in which someone might refer to sexual activity as a bodily pleasure).”
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