1. 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.
At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. --Ps. xvi. 11.
2. Amusement; sport; diversion; self-indulgence; frivolous or dissipating enjoyment; hence, sensual gratification; -- opposed to labor, service, duty, self-denial, etc. “Not sunk in carnal pleasure.”
He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man. --Prov. xxi. 17.
Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. --2 Tim. iii. 4.
3. What the will dictates or prefers as gratifying or satisfying; hence, will; choice; wish; purpose. “He will do his pleasure on Babylon.”
Use your pleasure; if your love do not presuade you to come, let not my letter. --Shak.
4. That which pleases; a favor; a gratification.
Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure --Acts xxv. 9.
At pleasure, by arbitrary will or choice. --Dryden.
To take pleasure in, to have enjoyment in. --Ps. cxlvii. 11.
Note: ☞ Pleasure is used adjectively, or in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, pleasure boat, pleasure ground; pleasure house, etc.
Syn: -- Enjoyment; gratification; satisfaction; comfort; solace; joy; gladness; delight; will; choice; preference; purpose; command; favor; kindness.
Pleas·ure, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pleasured p. pr. & vb. n. Pleasuring.] To give or afford pleasure to; to please; to gratify.
[Rolled] his hoop to pleasure Edith. --Tennyson.
Pleas·ure, v. i. To take pleasure; to seek pursue pleasure; as, to go pleasuring.
n 1: a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people
desire to experience; "he was tingling with pleasure"
[syn: pleasance] [ant: pain]
2: something or someone that provides pleasure; a source of
happiness; "a joy to behold"; "the pleasure of his
company"; "the new car is a delight" [syn: joy, delight]
3: a formal expression; "he serves at the pleasure of the
4: an activity that affords enjoyment; "he puts duty before
5: sexual gratification; "he took his pleasure of her"