Pleasure

Definition of Pleasure

Pleas´ure
n.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.
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.
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.
To take pleasure in
to have enjoyment in.
- Dryden.
v. t.1.To give or afford pleasure to; to please; to gratify.
[imp. & p. p. Pleasured ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pleasuring.]
[Rolled] his hoop to pleasure Edith.
- Tennyson.
v. i.1.To take pleasure; to seek pursue pleasure; as, to go pleasuring.

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