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n., v. -ured, -ur•ing. n.
2. a devotion or adaptation to luxurious tastes, especially in drinking and eating, or to indulgence in sensual pleasures. — epicure, n. — epicurean, n., adj.
2. a devotion to pleasure as a way of life. — hedonist, n. — hedonistic, adj.
- As much fun as a newborn kitten —Mary Hood
- As rewarding as a message from Billy Graham —Anon blurb about a romantic novel
- A decided pleasure … as sweet as returning soldiers sometimes admit the act of killing to be —John Updike
The simile from Updike’s novel, Roger’s Version, refers to the pleasure of affronting public opinion.
- Enjoyed [the difficulties of a job] … as a good fighter loves a battle —Frank Swinnerton
- Fun is like life insurance, the older you get the more it costs —Abe Martin
Frank McKinney Hubbard, also known as Kin Hubbard and Abe Martin, often wrote in country dialect. In the above simile, for example, he used ‘git’ instead of ‘get.’
- It’s (talking on the telephone) as good as a warm bath and a glass of milk —Enid Nemy, quoting Hazel Duke’s telephone habits, New York Times/New Yorkers, August 24, 1986
- It was marvelous, like seeing a capsized boat right itself, and knowing no serious damage had been done —John Fowles
- Luxuriating like a fucked-out lion —John Updike
- Pleased as a well tipped waiter —Anon
- Pleased, like a young housewife going through her house and finding everything in good order —Isak Dinesen
- Pleasure came like a lash —Julio Cortázar
- Pleasure is frail like a dewdrop, while it laughs it dies —Sir Rabindranath Tagore
- Pleasure is like a massive dose of vitamins —Anon
- Pleasures are like poppies spread —Robert Burns
- Pleasures are more beneficial than duties, because, like the quality of mercy, they are not strained, and they are twice blest —Robert Louis Stevenson
- Pleasures are much like mushrooms. The right kind are fine, but you have to be on the lookout for the toadstools —Boston Transcript, May 21, 1921
- Relish … like a robin-redbreast —William Shakespeare
- (She was as) satisfying as the morning breeze —Frank Swinnerton
- Savor experience as naturally as he accepts the prismatic blessing of sunshine glancing through the glass he holds —Francis X. Clines, New York Times, October 19, 1986
Clines’ subject is television writer John Mortimer.
- Snarl at pleasure like a stoic —Lord Chesterfield
- Snatches a crumb of pleasure like a dog snapping up a bone amid a host of dangers —Honoré de Balzac
Pleasure is a feeling of happiness, satisfaction, or enjoyment.
Pleasure is usually an uncount noun. You say, for example, that something gives you pleasure. You do not say that it gives you 'a pleasure'.
You can talk about the pleasure of doing something.
Past participle: pleasured
|Noun||1.||pleasure - a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience; "he was tingling with pleasure"|
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
delectation, delight - a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction; "his delight to see her was obvious to all"
enjoyment - the pleasure felt when having a good time
pleasantness - the feeling caused by agreeable stimuli; one pole of a continuum of states of feeling
comfort - a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment
sexual pleasure - pleasure derived from sexual activities
|2.||pleasure - something or someone that provides a source of happiness; "a joy to behold"; "the pleasure of his company"; "the new car is a delight"|
positive stimulus - a stimulus with desirable consequences
|3.||pleasure - a formal expression; "he serves at the pleasure of the President"|
|4.||pleasure - an activity that affords enjoyment; "he puts duty before pleasure"|
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
luxuriation - an activity that affords excessive pleasure and enjoyment
|5.||pleasure - sexual gratification; "he took his pleasure of her"|
happiness suffering, pain, anger, misery, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness, displeasure
amusement labour, duty, obligation, necessity, abstinence
"Everyone is dragged on by their favourite pleasure" [Virgil Eclogue]
"Pleasure's a sin, and sometimes sin's a pleasure" [Lord Byron Don Juan]
"Sweet is pleasure after pain" [John Dryden Alexander's Feast]
"The rapturous, wild, and ineffable pleasure"
"Of drinking at somebody else's expense" [Henry Sambrooke Leigh Carols of Cockayne]
"Pleasure is nothing else but the intermission of pain" [John Selden Table Talk]
"One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other" [Jane Austen Emma]
to be fond of pleasure → ser amante de los placeres
sexual pleasure → placer m sexual
my pleasure!; the pleasure is mine! (frm) (returning thanks) → ¡de nada!, ¡no hay de qué! (esp LAm)
what pleasure can you find in shooting partridges? → ¿qué placer encuentras en matar perdices?
to do sth for pleasure → hacer algo por gusto or placer
is this trip for business or pleasure? → ¿este viaje es de negocios o de placer?
to get pleasure from sth → disfrutar con algo
to give sb pleasure → dar gusto a algn
if it gives you any pleasure → si te gusta
I have much pleasure in informing you that → tengo el gran placer de comunicarles que ...
may I have the pleasure? (frm) (at dance) → ¿quiere usted bailar?
Mr and Mrs Brown request the pleasure of your company (frm) (on invitation) → los Sres. Brown tienen el placer de solicitar su asistencia
to take pleasure in books → disfrutar leyendo
I take great pleasure in watching them grow → disfruto muchísimo viéndolos crecer
to take pleasure in teasing sb → disfrutar tomándo el pelo a algn
with pleasure → con mucho gusto
it's a real pleasure → es un verdadero placer
all the pleasures of London → todos los placeres de Londres
it's a pleasure to see her → da gusto verla
it's a pleasure to know that → es un motivo de satisfacción saber que ...
I read for pleasure → Je lis pour le plaisir.
to mix business and pleasure → mélanger les affaires et le plaisir
Is this trip for business or pleasure?
BUT Est-ce un voyage d'affaires ou d'agrément?.
to take pleasure in sth → prendre plaisir à qch
to take pleasure in doing sth → prendre plaisir à faire qch
to give sb great pleasure → donner beaucoup de plaisir à qn
Watching TV is our only pleasure → Regarder la télé est leur seul plaisir.
pleasurein cpds → Vergnügungs-;
with pleasure → con piacere, volentieri
it's a pleasure!, my pleasure!, the pleasure is mine! (frm) (returning thanks) → prego!, il piacere è (tutto) mio!
I have much pleasure in informing you that ... → sono lieto di informarla che...
may I have the pleasure? (frm) (at dance) → mi concede l'onore di questo ballo?
Mr and Mrs Smith request the pleasure of your company (frm) → i Signori Smith gradirebbero averla come ospite
all the pleasures of London → tutti i divertimenti di Londra
is this trip for business or pleasure? → è un viaggio d'affari o di piacere?