Nearby words

  1. satiric,
  2. satirical,
  3. satirically,
  4. satirist,
  5. satirize,
  6. satisfactory,
  7. satisfice,
  8. satisficing behaviour,
  9. satisfied,
  10. satisfy

Origin of satisfaction

1250–1300; < Latin satisfactiōn- (stem of satisfactiō) a doing enough, equivalent to satisfact(us) (past participle of satisfacere, equivalent to satis enough + facere to make, do1) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English satisfaccioun < Anglo-French < Latin, as above

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Examples from the Web for satisfaction

British Dictionary definitions for satisfaction



the act of satisfying or state of being satisfied
the fulfilment of a desire
the pleasure obtained from such fulfilment
a source of fulfilment
reparation or compensation for a wrong done or received
RC Church Church of England the performance by a repentant sinner of a penance
Christianity the atonement for sin by the death of Christ

Word Origin for satisfaction

C15: via French from Latin satisfactionem, from satisfacere to satisfy

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Word Origin and History for satisfaction



early 14c., "performance of an act set forth by a priest or other Church authority to atone for sin," from Old French satisfaction (12c.), from Latin satisfactionem (nominative satisfactio) "a satisfying of a creditor," noun of action from past participle stem of satisfacere (see satisfy). Senses of "contentment, appeasement" and "action of gratifying" first recorded late 14c.; the former not common before 16c.

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Medicine definitions for satisfaction




The fulfillment or gratification of a desire, a need, or an appetite.
The pleasure or contentment that is derived from such gratification.

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