What does pleasure mean?

Definitions for pleasure
ˈplɛʒ ərplea·sure

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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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PLEASUREnoun

    Etymology: plaisir, French.

    Pleasure, in general, is the consequent apprehension of a suitable object, suitably applied to a rightly disposed faculty. Robert South, Sermons.

    A cause of men’s taking pleasure in the sins of others, is, that poor spiritedness that accompanies guilt. Robert South, Sermons.

    In hollow caves sweet echo quiet lies;
    Her name with pleasure once she taught the shore,
    Now Daphne’s dead, and pleasure is no more. Alexander Pope.

    Convey your pleasures in a spacious plenty,
    And yet seem cold. William Shakespeare.

    Behold yon dame does shake the head to hear of pleasure’s name. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Not sunk in carnal pleasure. John Milton.

    The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him. Psalms.

    Use your pleasure; if your love do not persuade you to come, let not my letter. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    He will do his pleasure on Babylon. Is. xlviii.

    We ascribe not only effects depending on the natural period of time unto arbitrary calculations, and such as vary at pleasure, but confirm our tenets by the uncertain account of others. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iv.

    Half their fleet offends
    His open side, and high above him shews;
    Upon the rest at pleasure he descends,
    And doubly harm’d, he double harm bestows. Dryden.

    Raise tempests at your pleasure. Dryden.

    We can at pleasure move several parts of our bodies John Locke.

    All the land in their dominions being acquired by conquest, was disposed by them according to their pleasure. Arbuthnot.

  2. To Pleasureverb

    To please; to gratify. This word, though supported by good authority, is, I think, inelegant.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Things, thus set in order,
    Shall further thy harvest, and pleasure thee best. Thomas Tusser.

    I count it one of my greatest afflictions, that I cannot pleasure such an honourable gentleman. William Shakespeare.

    If what pleases him, shall pleasure you,
    Fight closer, or good faith you’ll catch a blow. William Shakespeare.

    When the way of pleasuring and displeasuring lieth by the favourite, it is impossible any should be overgreat. Francis Bacon.

    Nothing is difficult to love; it will make a man cross his own inclinations to pleasure them whom he loves. John Tillotson.

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. Robert Earl:

    I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Guy — first with the launch of his sandwich and burger menu at Planet Hollywood. Since then, we have kept in touch, determined to work on more projects together, we have found the perfect venture with Chicken Guy!, certain to be a crowd-pleaser. I have personally tasted all the menu items and can’t wait to open at Disney Springs and across the country, because I know our guests will love what Guy has put on the menu.

  2. Tom Perriello:

    As painful as yesterday was for Virginia, I hoped that today would bring healing, truth and transformation. I pray Sunday will be that day, it gives me no pleasure to say that what we're seeing is the manifestation of white male entitlement.

  3. Dominic Thiem:

    It is such a pleasure to compete with you, to learn so much from you, and to play with one of the biggest legends of all time, i feel like it's not my right to congratulate you, you have 88 more titles than me, so I'm just hoping you play more and we can have some other big finals.

  4. George Sheehan:

    Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.

  5. Paul Wiener:

    But few have spoken of the actual pleasure derived from giving to someone, from creating something, from finishing a task, form offering unexpected help almost invisibly and anonymously.

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