from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That pleases oneself; given over only to one's own pleasure.
  • n. masturbation

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pleasing one's self; gratifying one's own wishes.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Even If you are on a budget, you can make the items you consume deeply self-pleasing.

    Eli Davidson: How I Lost My Marriage, Business and Health...and Survived!

  • “And with hexameters and trimeters too, I hope,” interrupted Raleigh: “and all the trickeries of self-pleasing sorrow.”

    Westward Ho!

  • After his wife died, he performed the self-pleasing act, but as in all things, the thrill went away.

    A Dangerous Return

  • The touch is calm and masterly, though the result is looked at with a sweet, self-pleasing eye.

    Uncollected Prose

  • Or Weltschmerz as she will know it, only Weltschmerz is a touch self-pleasing for what he has in store for her.

    Kalooki Nights

  • I really, really love everything to do with reading and writing and thinking about things (anyone who reads this blog regularly will have gathered that), but there is no doubt that the part of my life that's been both the most rewarding and the most ethically acceptable (reading and writing are delightfully decadent and self-pleasing rather than really public-spirited) is the teaching.

    So I have a piece

  • But [it is also incumbent] to hold in suspicion others who depart from the primitive succession, and assemble themselves together in any place whatsoever, [looking upon them] either as heretics of perverse minds, or as schismatics puffed up and self-pleasing, or again as hypocrites, acting thus for the sake of lucre and vainglory.

    ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus

  • And this self-pleasing is the very root of self-righteousness; which, as it may defile the saints themselves, so it will destroy those who only in the strength of their convictions go forth after a holiness and righteousness: for it quickly produceth the deadly, poisonous effect of spiritual pride; which is the greatest assimilation to the nature of the devil that the nature of man is capable of.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • All compliance with unreformed persons, for secular ends; all conformity unto the course of the world, in jollities and pride of life; all ostentation of riches, wealth, and power; all self-seeking and self-pleasing; all lightness and carnal confidences, -- must utterly be cast away.

    The Sermons of John Owen

  • It prevails from a secret self-pleasing, that is apt to grow on the minds of men from a singularity in the performance of duties.

    The Sermons of John Owen


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