Definition of Pleasure

1. Noun. A fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience. "He was tingling with pleasure"

Exact synonyms: Pleasance
Generic synonyms: Feeling
Specialized synonyms: Delectation, Delight, Enjoyment, Pleasantness, Comfort, Sexual Pleasure
Derivative terms: Pleasant, Please
Antonyms: Pain

2. Noun. Something or someone that provides a source of happiness. "The new car is a delight"
Exact synonyms: Delight, Joy
Generic synonyms: Positive Stimulus
Derivative terms: Delight, Delight, Joy, Please

3. Noun. A formal expression. "He serves at the pleasure of the President"
Generic synonyms: Choice, Pick, Selection

4. Noun. An activity that affords enjoyment. "He puts duty before pleasure"
Generic synonyms: Activity
Specialized synonyms: Luxuriation
Derivative terms: Please, Please

5. Noun. Sexual gratification. "He took his pleasure of her"

Definition of Pleasure

1. 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.

2. v. t. To give or afford pleasure to; to please; to gratify.

3. v. i. To take pleasure; to seek pursue pleasure; as, to go pleasuring.

Definition of Pleasure

1. Noun. a state of being pleased ¹

2. Noun. a person, thing or action that causes enjoyment ¹

3. Noun. one's preference ¹

4. Noun. (formal) the will or desire of someone or some agency in power ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) to give pleasure (especially sexual pleasure) to ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pleasure

1. to please [v -SURED, -SURING, -SURES] - See also: please

Medical Definition of Pleasure

1. Max A., U.S. Dentist. See: Pleasure curve. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pleasure

pleasedness
pleaser
pleasers
pleases
pleasest
pleaseth
pleasing
pleasingly
pleasingness
pleasingnesses
pleasings
pleasurability
pleasurable
pleasurableness
pleasurably
pleasure-boat
pleasure-pain principle
pleasure-unpleasure principle
pleasure boat
pleasure craft
pleasure dome
pleasure domes
pleasure ground
pleasure principle
pleasure seeker
pleasure trip
pleasurecraft
pleasured
pleasuredome

Literary usage of Pleasure

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle (1897)
"Something of the same kind then may be also true of pleasure. Again, the opponents of pleasure, looking upon the good as perfect or complete, ..."

2. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"For as in the body there is sensation and Pain, barely in itself, or accompanied with pain or pleasure, so the simple thought or perception of the mind is ..."

3. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle, Thomas William Lancaster (1884)
"pleasure which perfects the energy. [It is therefore to be considered as the most essential character of pleasure, that IT is THAT WHICH ..."

4. A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume (1874)
"An act of justice may not be productive of any immediate pleasure with which we can sympathise ; nay, taken singly, it may cause pain both in itself and in ..."

5. An essay concerning human understanding by John Locke (1823)
"But this by the by. , CHAPTER XX. i OF MODES OF pleasure AND PAIN. §. 1. pleasure and pain simple ideas.—Amongst the simple ideas which we receive both from ..."

6. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"pleasure and displeasure. There are in conscious life fundamental attitudes corresponding to these two types of behavior. We like what we seek, ..."

7. The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián y Morales, Joseph Jacobs (1892)
"Evil should never be our pleasure, and therefore never our theme. The backbiter is always hated, and if now and then one of the great consorts with him, ..."

8. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle (1897)
"Something of the same kind then may be also true of pleasure. Again, the opponents of pleasure, looking upon the good as perfect or complete, ..."

9. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"For as in the body there is sensation and Pain, barely in itself, or accompanied with pain or pleasure, so the simple thought or perception of the mind is ..."

10. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle, Thomas William Lancaster (1884)
"pleasure which perfects the energy. [It is therefore to be considered as the most essential character of pleasure, that IT is THAT WHICH ..."

11. A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume (1874)
"An act of justice may not be productive of any immediate pleasure with which we can sympathise ; nay, taken singly, it may cause pain both in itself and in ..."

12. An essay concerning human understanding by John Locke (1823)
"But this by the by. , CHAPTER XX. i OF MODES OF pleasure AND PAIN. §. 1. pleasure and pain simple ideas.—Amongst the simple ideas which we receive both from ..."

13. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"pleasure and displeasure. There are in conscious life fundamental attitudes corresponding to these two types of behavior. We like what we seek, ..."

14. The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián y Morales, Joseph Jacobs (1892)
"Evil should never be our pleasure, and therefore never our theme. The backbiter is always hated, and if now and then one of the great consorts with him, ..."

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