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- A fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience
- A formal expression
- An activity that affords enjoyment
- Sexual gratification
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- Hedonist's quest
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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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.
Pleasure \Pleas"ure\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pleasured; p. pr. &
vb. n. Pleasuring.]
To give or afford pleasure to; to please; to gratify.
[Rolled] his hoop to pleasure Edith.
Pleasure \Pleas"ure\, v. i. To take pleasure; to seek pursue pleasure; as, to go pleasuring.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., "condition of enjoyment," from Old French plesir, also plaisir "enjoyment, delight, desire, will" (12c.), from noun use of infinitive plaisir (v.) "to please," from Latin placere "to please, give pleasure, be approved" (see please (v.)). Ending altered in English 14c. by influence of words in -ure (measure, etc.). Meaning "sensual enjoyment as the chief object of life" is attested from 1520s.
1530s, "to take pleasure in;" 1550s as "give pleasure to," from pleasure (n.). Sexual sense by 1610s. Related: Pleasured; pleasuring.
interj. pleased to meet you n. (context uncountable English) A state of being pleased. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To give or afford pleasure to; to please; to gratify. 2 (context transitive English) to give pleasure (especially sexual pleasure) to 3 (context intransitive dated English) To take pleasure; to seek or pursue pleasure.
a formal expression; "he serves at the pleasure of the President"
an activity that affords enjoyment; "he puts duty before pleasure"
sexual gratification; "he took his pleasure of her"
Pleasure describes the broad class of mental states that humans and other animals experience as positive, enjoyable, or worth seeking. It includes more specific mental states such as happiness, entertainment, enjoyment, ecstasy, and euphoria. The early psychological account of pleasure, the pleasure principle, describes it as a positive feedback mechanism, motivating the organism to recreate in the future the situation which it has just found pleasurable and to avoid situations that have caused pain in the past.
The experience of pleasure is subjective and different individuals will experience different kinds and amounts of pleasure in the same situation. Many pleasurable experiences are associated with satisfying basic biological drives, such as eating, exercise, hygiene, and sex. The appreciation of cultural artifacts and activities such as art, music, dancing, and literature is often pleasurable.
Based upon the incentive salience model of reward – the attractive and motivational property of a stimulus that induces approach behavior and consummatory behavior – an intrinsic reward has two components: a "wanting" or desire component which is reflected in approach behavior and a "liking" or pleasure component that is reflected in consummatory behavior. While all pleasurable stimuli are rewards, some rewards do not evoke pleasure (e.g. money).
Pleasure is a Norwegian funky pop band, led by Fred Ball. One single was released in 2003, "Don't Look The Other Way", which featured Justine Frischmann (former lead singer for Elastica) on vocals.
Pleasure EP was the first release by rock band Semisonic. It was originally released in 1995 and later re-released following the success of their song " Closing Time". The title refers to the band's original name, Pleasure.
Pleasure is the third studio album by the Ohio Players and the second released through the Westbound label.
Pleasure is an experience of happiness, entertainment, enjoyment, ecstasy, or euphoria.
Pleasure may also refer to:
Pleasure was a band from Portland, Oregon that blended soul, funk and jazz with a street edge that became a cult group on the underground black music scene of the late 70's. They are perhaps best known for their 1979 hit, "Glide" from the album Future Now.
Pleasure is a 2013 Swedish short film that won the "Semaine de la Critique" also known as the Canal + Award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Ninja Thyberg the film tells the story of a girl Marie (played by Jenny Hutton) who agrees to perform a double-anal sex scene in a hard porn video so she will not lose her job. The short film also tells about the darker side of the porn industry. By winning the award the film will be broadcast on Canal + in France.
Pleasure is a 1931 American Pre-Code romantic drama film, directed by Otto Brower. It stars Conway Tearle, Carmel Myers, and Frances Dade.
Pleasure is the fifth album by Marion Meadows, released in 1998.
Pleasure is the sole studio album by Girls at Our Best!, released in 1981 by Happy Birthday Records. It reached No. 60 in the UK Albums Chart.
Usage examples of "pleasure".
Then grew Ralph shamefaced and turned away from her, and miscalled himself for a fool and a dastard that could not abide the pleasure of his lady at the very place whereto she had let lead him.
But this knight hath no affairs to look to: so if he will abide with us for a little, it will be our pleasure.
I have expiated with pleasure on the first steps of the crusaders, as they paint the manners and character of Europe: but I shall abridge the tedious and uniform narrative of their blind achievements, which were performed by strength and are described by ignorance.
It has been subsequently held many times that municipal corporations are mere instrumentalities of the State for the more convenient administration of local governments, whose powers may be enlarged, abridged, or entirely withdrawn at the pleasure of the legislature.
Fred were in the habit of sexually and sadistically abusing young girls in the cellar of their house for their joint pleasure.
It was not at the agonized contortions and posturing of the wretched boy that he was shocked, but at the cosmic obscenity of these beings which could drag to light the abysmal secrets that sleep in the unfathomed darkness of the human soul, and find pleasure in the brazen flaunting of such things as should not be hinted at, even in restless nightmares.
In spite of all these considerations, I felt a sort of pleasure in accepting for ready cash all the counterfeit coins that she had spread out before me.
The supper must take place, it will be a pleasure for me, but let me confess that in accepting it I have shewn myself more grateful than polite.
Sunday was a day for pleasure and not business he hoped I would honour them by passing the day at their pretty house on the Amstel, and they were delighted at my accepting their invitation.
Go and ask Mengs, and tell the ambassador that I have much pleasure in accepting his invitation.
She ached to be outside in the fresh air, to be dressed in her oldest jeans, turning over spades full of soft loamy earth, feeling the excitement and pleasure of siting the bulbs, of allowing her imagination to paint for her the colourful picture they would make in the spring, in their uniform beds set among lawn pathways and bordered by a long deep border of old-fashioned perennial plants.
My illustrious friend still continuing to sound in my ears the imperious duty to which I was called, of making away with my sinful relations, and quoting many parallel actions out of the Scriptures, and the writings of the holy fathers, of the pleasure the Lord took in such as executed his vengeance on the wicked, I was obliged to acquiesce in his measures, though with certain limitations.
This Dionysian pleasure in the release of bestiality and evil, begun by the Viennese Actionists, can be traced through every succeeding decade.
He was a worthy man, fond of pleasure, a thorough-paced Epicurean, and had married an actress named Cochois, who had proved worthy of the honour he had laid on her.
By his secrecy and diligence he entertained some hopes of surprising the person of Constans, who was pursuing in the adjacent forest his favorite amusement of hunting, or perhaps some pleasures of a more private and criminal nature.