Definitions for pleasureˈplɛʒ ər

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. pleasure, pleasance(noun)

    a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience

    "he was tingling with pleasure"

  2. joy, delight, pleasure(noun)

    something or someone that provides a source of happiness

    "a joy to behold"; "the pleasure of his company"; "the new car is a delight"

  3. pleasure(noun)

    a formal expression

    "he serves at the pleasure of the President"

  4. pleasure(noun)

    an activity that affords enjoyment

    "he puts duty before pleasure"

  5. pleasure(noun)

    sexual gratification

    "he took his pleasure of her"

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. pleasure(Noun)

    a state of being pleased

  2. pleasure(Noun)

    a person, thing or action that causes enjoyment

  3. pleasure(Noun)

    one's preference

    What is your pleasure, coffee or tea?

  4. pleasure(Noun)

    the will or desire of someone or some agency in power

  5. pleasure(Verb)

    to give pleasure (especially sexual pleasure) to

    Johnny pleasured Jackie orally last night.

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Pleasure(noun)

    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. Pleasure(noun)

    amusement; sport; diversion; self-indulgence; frivolous or dissipating enjoyment; hence, sensual gratification; -- opposed to labor, service, duty, self-denial, etc

  3. Pleasure(noun)

    what the will dictates or prefers as gratifying or satisfying; hence, will; choice; wish; purpose

  4. Pleasure(noun)

    that which pleases; a favor; a gratification

  5. Pleasure(verb)

    to give or afford pleasure to; to please; to gratify

  6. Pleasure(verb)

    to take pleasure; to seek pursue pleasure; as, to go pleasuring

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  1. Pleasure

    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. In psychology, the pleasure principle describes pleasure as a positive feedback mechanism, motivating the organism to recreate in the future the situation which it has just found pleasurable. According to this theory, organisms are similarly motivated 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, sex or defecation. Other pleasurable experiences are associated with social experiences and social drives, such as the experiences of accomplishment, recognition, and service. The appreciation of cultural artifacts and activities such as art, music, and literature is often pleasurable. In recent years, significant progress has been made in understanding the brain mechanisms underlying pleasure. One of the key discoveries was made by Kent C. Berridge who has shown that pleasure is not a unitary experience. Rather, pleasure consists of multiple brain processes including liking, wanting and learning subserved by distinct yet partially overlapping brain networks. In particular, this research has been helped by the use of objective pleasure-elicited reactions in humans and other animals such as the behavioral ‘liking’/‘disliking’ facial expressions to tastes that are homologous between humans and many other mammals.

U.S. National Library of MedicineRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Pleasure

    Sensation of enjoyment or gratification.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pleasure' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1990

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pleasure' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2646

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pleasure' in Nouns Frequency: #793


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