The Collaborative International Dictionary
Pleasure \Pleas"ure\, n. [F. plaisir, originally an infinitive. See Please.]
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.
--Ps. xvi. 11.
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.
--Prov. xxi. 17.
Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.
--2 Tim. iii. 4.
What the will dictates or prefers as gratifying or satisfying; hence, will; choice; wish; purpose. ``He will do his pleasure on Babylon.''
--Isa. xlviii. 1
Use your pleasure; if your love do not presuade you to come, let not my letter.
4. That which pleases; a favor; a gratification.
Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure
--Acts xxv. 9.
At pleasure, by arbitrary will or choice.
To take pleasure in, to have enjoyment in.
--Ps. cxlvii. 11.
Note: Pleasure is used adjectively, or in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, pleasure boat, pleasure ground; pleasure house, etc.
Syn: Enjoyment; gratification; satisfaction; comfort; solace; joy; gladness; delight; will; choice; preference; purpose; command; favor; kindness.
prep.phr. By arbitrary will or choice.
Usage examples of "at pleasure".
They have no houses where they remain for any time, but range through the woods or along rivers at pleasure.