What does pleasure mean?

Definitions for pleasure
ˈplɛʒ ərplea·sure

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pleasure.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pleasure, pleasancenoun

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

    "he was tingling with pleasure"

  2. joy, delight, pleasurenoun

    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. pleasurenoun

    a formal expression

    "he serves at the pleasure of the President"

  4. pleasurenoun

    an activity that affords enjoyment

    "he puts duty before pleasure"

  5. pleasurenoun

    sexual gratification

    "he took his pleasure of her"

Wiktionary

  1. pleasurenoun

    a state of being pleased

  2. pleasurenoun

    a person, thing or action that causes enjoyment

  3. pleasurenoun

    one's preference

    What is your pleasure, coffee or tea?

  4. pleasurenoun

    the will or desire of someone or some agency in power

  5. pleasureverb

    to give pleasure (especially sexual pleasure) to

    Johnny pleasured Jackie orally last night.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pleasurenoun

    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. Pleasurenoun

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

  3. Pleasurenoun

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

  4. Pleasurenoun

    that which pleases; a favor; a gratification

  5. Pleasureverb

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

  6. Pleasureverb

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

Freebase

  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 Medicine

  1. Pleasure

    Sensation of enjoyment or gratification.

Editors Contribution

  1. pleasure

    An activity that creates joy, unity and love.

    The simple pleasure of life is being loved for who you are.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  

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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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pleasure in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pleasure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of pleasure in a Sentence

  1. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    jokes Your slanting eye looked at everything in it, photographed everything, a spy camera. The most romantic gift a man gives a woman is brushing her teeth, taking a shower, and wearing perfume. Inflation is rising, your penis is sleeping so soundly, it is in suspended animation, girls are very rarely interested in you. Brought the guy to tears, put a roar on the ringtone. Poems Love sex slave, ready to serve and idolize an infinitely beautiful girl, like a stone knowing eternity, my love for you only grows stronger, erotic massage of seduction, your body is a confectionery, billions of tons and light years, and for eternities, the pleasure of being with you increases with every second, powerful energy of love pierces me. Aphorisms The darkness of indifference, illuminated by the neon of egoism, healed in the dawn, her infinite wisdom, the greatness of light, the accumulation of life as a turbulent stream of the river of life, the poetry of intuition, a special sense of the world. Monsters of time surround people, the architecture of the illusion of spatial dimension, deepening of self-deception, a karmic dead end in the labyrinth of self-deception, chaos is a laboratory for the synthesis of cosmic matter and genes, in the quantum vacuum of an incubator of maturation in a micro-evolutionary space, giving birth to new times, epochs, this is a temporary mood, it is the mood that writes history, life is a labyrinth of desires, tenderness is the basis of love, a lonely traveler of eternity, through eternity which will give answers to everything, a cocoon of pain gives rise to an illusion, out of time you will comprehend the whole truth, weak immunity of naivety. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  2. Adam Leventhal:

    There's concern that the adolescent brain may be more vulnerable to the addictive effects of nicotine, the circuits underlying pleasure and the pursuit of novel, enjoyable experiences develop much faster than the circuits that promote decision making, impulse control and rational thinking.

  3. Wallace Stevens:

    To name an object is to deprive a poem of three-fourths of its pleasure, which consists in a little-by-little guessing game; the ideal is to suggest.

  4. Simone de Beauvoir:

    The curse which lies upon marriage is that too often the individuals are joined in their weakness rather than in their strength --each asking from the other instead of finding pleasure in giving. It is even more deceptive to dream of gaining through the child a plenitude, a warmth, a value, which one is unable to create for oneself; the child brings joy only to the woman who is capable of disinterestedly desiring the happiness of another, to one who without being wrapped up in self seeks to transcend her own existence.

  5. Eli Coleman:

    We have a long history of sexual pleasure being denied to women, pleasure is threatening.

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    • A. alternate
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