verb (used with object), pleas·ured, pleas·ur·ing.
verb (used without object), pleas·ured, pleas·ur·ing.
Origin of pleasure
Synonyms for pleasure
Related Words for pleasuresthrill, enjoyment, joy, comfort, gratification, satisfaction, contentment, luxury, hobby, amusement, bliss, desire, purpose, indulgence, seasoning, gladness, revelry, velvet, solace, entertainment
Examples from the Web for pleasures
Contemporary Examples of pleasures
Because the music here is so free, so joyous, so relaxed that all its pleasures are instantly communicable.Digging the Gold in Dylan’s ‘Basement’
November 5, 2014
Its pleasures are undoubtedly visual, but also more cerebral than many of the other performing arts.How High Fashion Saved the Ballet
October 13, 2014
And with Skink as his guide, Richard discovers the pleasures of the unplugged life.Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?
September 19, 2014
But the pleasures of vengeance and hedonism prove a dead end for Wanda.Holocaust Horrors Haunt the Films ‘Ida’ And ‘The German Doctor’
May 12, 2014
His one previous musical, the 1996 film Everyone Says I Love You, is an ode to the pleasures of old-Hollywood escapism.Woody Allen’s ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Musical and the Moral Responsibility of an Artist
April 10, 2014
Historical Examples of pleasures
Considered as a form of self-sacrifice, it was not without its pleasures.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Our pleasures are but the stolen moments we can snatch from its inattention.The Conquest of Fear
As a nation, our people are pampering themselves and living for their own pleasures.Her Father's Daughter
And it was the greatest of pleasures to smile at each other every morning and evening.The Dream
The pleasures of the table were all that seemed left to me in life.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- amusement, recreation, or enjoyment
- (as modifier)a pleasure boat; pleasure ground
Word Origin for 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.