the act of enjoying.
the possession, use, or occupancy of anything with satisfaction or pleasure: to have the enjoyment of a large income.
a particular form or source of pleasure: Hunting is his greatest enjoyment.
Law. the exercise of a right: the enjoyment of an estate.

Origin of enjoyment

First recorded in 1545–55; enjoy + -ment
Related formspre·en·joy·ment, nounre·en·joy·ment, nounself-en·joy·ment, noun

Synonyms for enjoyment

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Examples from the Web for self-enjoyment

Historical Examples of self-enjoyment

  • But it ends in the palace of magnificence, in the extravagance of self-enjoyment.

    Creative Unity

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • Not a fear dashed the full and smooth cup of his self-enjoyment.

    The Disowned, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Louis, you are called from the happiness of self-enjoyment to that of self-neglect.

  • But we remain in this "imperfect" world, because even so we can use it for our—self-enjoyment.

  • In one of the sections an eulogium is bestowed upon the beauty of virtue as a means of self-enjoyment.

    Curiosities of Superstition

    W. H. Davenport Adams

British Dictionary definitions for self-enjoyment



the act or condition of receiving pleasure from something
the use or possession of something that is satisfying or beneficial
something that provides joy or satisfaction
the possession or exercise of a legal right
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Word Origin and History for self-enjoyment



1550s, from enjoy + -ment.

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