As Neil MacGregor, director of The British Museum, says, “The Japanese paint the pleasures of sex like nobody else.”
Because the music here is so free, so joyous, so relaxed that all its pleasures are instantly communicable.
The pleasures associated with our own acts of consumption tend to be short-lived.
The garment business is its own worst enemy—giving women endless reasons to turn away from its pleasures and possibilities.
But can his latest guide, The pleasures and Sorrows of Work, help the average Sisyphus see meaning in the 9-to-5?
My aim is to have easy command of all the pleasures desired by a cultivated man.
Feeding them and finding their eggs is one of the country child's pleasures.
Why, you will actually have all the pleasures of immortality before you have lost the power of seeing or knowing anything.
She knew something of the fatigues, as well as the pleasures, of solitude.
He had never cared for pleasures, he told me; even in the time not demanded by the service he studied.
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.