Definitions for jouissance

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  1. jouissance(Noun)

    Enjoyment, delight, pleasure.

  2. jouissance(Noun)

    The sexual connotation (i.e. orgasm) lacking in the English word "enjoyment", and therefore left untranslated in English editions of the works of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan.

  3. Origin: From late jouissance, from jouir.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jouissance(noun)

    jollity; merriment


  1. Jouissance

    In French, jouissance means enjoyment, in terms both of rights and property, and of sexual orgasm - the latter a meaning partially lacking in the English word "enjoyment". Poststructuralism has developed the latter sense of jouissance in complex ways, so as to denote a transgressive, excessive kind of pleasure linked to the division and splitting of the subject involved.


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