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[plee-zing] /ˈpli zɪŋ/
giving pleasure; agreeable; gratifying:
a pleasing performance.
Origin of pleasing
First recorded in 1350-1400, pleasing is from the Middle English word plesing. See please, -ing2
Related forms
pleasingly, adverb
pleasingness, noun
half-pleasing, adjective
self-pleasing, adjective
unpleasing, adjective
pleasant, charming, delightful, engaging. See interesting. Unabridged
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  • He is nearer us when we seek for Him and cannot find Him, than when we forget Him in laughter and self-pleasing.

    At Large Arthur Christopher Benson
  • Lives to uphold to the view of our self-pleasing generation!

  • But the feet must be kept for these; they will be too tired for them if they are tired out for self-pleasing.

    Kept for the Master's Use Frances Ridley Havergal
  • Reginald is a spoiled character, by reason of self-pleasing.

    Little Frida Anonymous
  • In reality they are merely shifting their method of self-pleasing.

  • Men do not will and will not, to know the moral impediments that lie in the way of self-seeking and self-pleasing.

  • He had an ill-word for every-one and was an evil-tongued, foul-mouthed, self-pleasing and dull-witted mannikin.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • Charity, charity in its good old sense: open hearts and kind deeds, with less thought of self-pleasing.

    Around the Yule Log Willis Boyd Allen
  • Thus man here deifies satisfaction in self-pleasing, in caprice and groundless arbitrariness.

    The Essence of Christianity Ludwig Feuerbach
  • What a sink of corruption is this heart, and yet I can go on from day to day in self-seeking and self-pleasing!

British Dictionary definitions for self-pleasing


giving pleasure; likable or gratifying
Derived Forms
pleasingly, adverb
pleasingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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