What is pleasure?

  • (noun): Sexual gratification.
    Example: "He took his pleasure of her"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Pleasure describes the broad class of mental states that humans and other animals experience as positive, enjoyable, or worth seeking. It includes more specific mental states such as happiness, entertainment, enjoyment, ecstasy, and euphoria. In psychology, the pleasure principle describes pleasure as a positive feedback mechanism, motivating the organism to recreate in the future the situation which it has just found pleasurable. According to this theory, organisms are similarly motivated to avoid situations that have caused pain in the past.

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Some articles on pleasure:

Land Of Toys
... In the Disney film adaptation of the novel, the land is renamed as Pleasure Island ... Located in the fictional land of Cocagne, Pleasure Island serves as a haven for wayward boys, allowing them to act as they please without recrimination ... the truer and more sinister purpose of Pleasure Island is eventually revealed as it begins to physically transform the boys into donkeys, apparently ...
Pleasure - Masochism
... Masochists are those who derive pleasure from receiving pain ... masochism complicates the commonly-held view that pleasure, as a positive experience, is fundamentally opposite pain, a negative experience ...
Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest
... Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest or Sagamiko Pleasure Forest (さがみ湖リゾート プレジャーフォレスト) formerly, Sagamiko Picnic Land (さがみ湖ピクニックランド) is an amusement park in ...
L. D. Esty - Pleasure Point Roadhouse
... Historians believe that the Pleasure Point roadhouse is an Esty ... (see Ross) The Pogonip Clubhouse and the Pleasure Point roadhouse also have many similarities ...

More definitions of "pleasure":

  • (noun): Something or someone that provides pleasure; a source of happiness.
    Example: "The pleasure of his company"
    Synonyms: joy, delight
  • (noun): A fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience.
    Example: "He was tingling with pleasure"
    Synonyms: pleasance
  • (noun): An activity that affords enjoyment.
    Example: "He puts duty before pleasure"
  • (noun): A formal expression.
    Example: "He serves at the pleasure of the President"

Famous quotes containing the word pleasure:

    In that sweet mood when pleasure loves to pay
    Tribute to ease; and, of its joy secure,
    The heart luxuriates with indifferent things,
    Wasting its kindliness on stocks and stones,
    And on the vacant air.
    William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

    Unfortunately, it is much easier to shut one’s eyes to good than to evil. Pain and sorrow knock at our doors more loudly than pleasure and happiness; and the prints of their heavy footsteps are less easily effaced.
    Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–95)

    To be a king and wear a crown is more glorious to them that see it than it is pleasure to them that bear it.
    Elizabeth I (1533–1603)