(redirected from taking pleasure)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.




Max A., U.S. dentist, 1903-1965. See: Pleasure curve.


[L. placere, to please]
The feeling of being delighted or pleased.


Any enjoyable or agreeable emotion or sensation, to the pursuit of which most people, who are free to do so, devote their lives.
References in periodicals archive ?
Nostalgia for such simple pleasures as visiting Grandma and Grandpa for a day of adventure on the farm, drinking a glass of milk straight from the cow, sleeping on the back porch in the sunshine, or taking pleasure in the faithful company of mouser cats and hound dogs.
If there is one thing that I would like to teach more than anything else, it is that taking pleasure in moving can make you a better dancer.
There is something so bleak about the world right now that taking pleasure in the game is important.
If Glazer does want a new nickname for United then he won't go short of suggestions from the one or two football fans in the country who are taking pleasure in the club's uncertain future under him.
SCHADENFREUDE, this German word is used in English and it means taking pleasure at another's misfortune.
Apparently, the habit of taking pleasure in visual composition alone is now so deeply ingrained that not only aesthetes but even ordinary people are capable of seeing beauty unproblematically in places where it has no right, morally speaking, to exist.
It's a personal and compelling case for taking pleasure in the best simple food, and in the effort required to prepare it, whether a lot--building flavor bit by bit from the bottom of the pot up for an Italian meat broth--or a little, such as preparing his zucchini carpaccio (pictured above).
People then come to desire virtuous acts by taking pleasure in performing them.