from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The fulfillment or gratification of a desire, need, or appetite.
  • n. Pleasure or contentment derived from such gratification.
  • n. A source or means of gratification.
  • n. Compensation for injury or loss; reparation.
  • n. The opportunity to avenge a wrong; vindication.
  • n. Assurance beyond doubt or question; complete conviction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fulfillment of a need or desire.
  • n. The pleasure obtained by such fulfillment.
  • n. The source of such gratification.
  • n. A reparation for an injury or loss.
  • n. A vindication for a wrong suffered.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of satisfying, or the state of being satisfied; gratification of desire; contentment in possession and enjoyment; repose of mind resulting from compliance with its desires or demands.
  • n. Settlement of a claim, due, or demand; payment; indemnification; adequate compensation.
  • n. That which satisfies or gratifies; atonement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of satisfying, or of fully supplying or gratifying wants or wishes; full compliance with demands; fulfilment of conditions.
  • n. In theology, the doctrine of satisfaction is the doctrine that the sufferings and death of Christ satisfied the requirements of God's justice, and thus prepared the way for the forgiveness of sins. The word does not occur in this sense in the Scriptures.
  • n. Extinguishment of an obligation or claim by payment, or by surrender or concession of something accepted as equivalent to payment; quittance.
  • n. Compensation; reparation; atonement.
  • n. The state of being satisfied; a gratified or contented feeling or state of mind; tranquillity resulting from gratified desire; content; gratification.
  • n. Means or opportunity of repairing a supposed wrong done to one's honor, as by duel, or, in place of it, by apology and reparation; the acceptance by the aggressor of a challenge to single combat with the aggrieved person, or the hostile meeting which ensues.
  • n. Eccles., part of the sacrament of penance. See penance.
  • n. Synonyms Atonement, Expiation, etc. See propitiation.
  • n. 2 and Recompense, amends, remuneration, requital, payment.
  • n. Contentment, etc. (see contentment); pleasure, enjoyment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. act of fulfilling a desire or need or appetite
  • n. compensation for a wrong
  • n. the contentment one feels when one has fulfilled a desire, need, or expectation
  • n. state of being gratified or satisfied
  • n. (law) the payment of a debt or fulfillment of an obligation


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin satisfactiō, satisfactiōn-, amends, from satisfactus, past participle of satisfacere, to satisfy; see satisfy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin satisfactio.



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