They belong to the world of pleasure, of love, vice, crime, drugs.
The French aristocrat Marquis de Sade once said that “It is only by way of pain one arrives at pleasure.”
The people of his auto-erotic novel Crash coil sex, death, and the motor car, a megadose of pleasure brew.
With the ice cream cone scene, she denies any pleasure from the encounter, emasculating him in the process.
And, I report with pleasure, it will do so again, likely starting this November.
He had so lived for pleasure that he had never known Happiness.
"That was a real 'pleasure exertion,'" she whispered feebly.
What did they contain of pleasure, of happiness, or of grief?
Envy must own, I live among the great, No pimp of pleasure, and no spy of state.
I missed them from their usual haunts—the haunts of pleasure.
late 14c., "condition of enjoyment," from Old French plesir, also plaisir "enjoyment, delight, desire, will" (12c.), from noun use of infinitive plaisir (v.) "to please," from Latin placere "to please, give pleasure, be approved" (see please (v.)). Ending altered in English 14c. by influence of words in -ure (measure, etc.). Meaning "sensual enjoyment as the chief object of life" is attested from 1520s.
1530s, "to take pleasure in;" 1550s as "give pleasure to," from pleasure (n.). Sexual sense by 1610s. Related: Pleasured; pleasuring.