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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.
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Everybody's taking pleasure in this vibrant occasion which the whole family can enjoy.
It is not hard to imagine patrons taking pleasure in recognizing well-known landmarks in his scenes of the countryside around Haarlem and Amsterdam.
I loathe the idea of taking pleasure in killing but don't understand the furore over the moderate number of foxes killed each year when the Dogs Trust tells us a healthy dog is killed every hour in Britain and no one says a dicky-bird.
Schadenfreude is when somebody is taking pleasure in somebody else's misfortune.
For example, in Jacobean city comedy, "concern about wives taking pleasure together unites with new economic emphases and the period's obsession with cuckoldry" (176).
Mulkey said he has spent about 400 hours in the air, usually taking pleasure flights with his wife, Martha, 79.
In Untitled (6), 1970-71, three such subjects are playing on the lawn, taking pleasure in their bodies, performing that pleasure.
I took my time wandering the paths, taking pleasure in the little brooks and the nooks for sitting and pondering, the splashes of fuchsia, white and crimson azaleas, the waterfalls and rhododendrons.
Steinbach, the elder statesman of the group, likewise spoke of his own repudiation of the critical project subsumed under the Pictures rubric in favor of what he called "locating one's desire, by which I mean one's own taking pleasure in objects and commodities, which includes what we call works of art.