1325–75; late Middle English
); replacing Middle English plaisir
< Middle French
(noun use of infinitive) < Latin placēre
pleasureful, adjectivepleasureless, adjectivepleasurelessly, adverbantipleasure, noun, adjective
happiness, gladness, delectation. Pleasure, enjoyment, delight, joy
refer to the feeling of being pleased and happy. Pleasure
is the general term: to take pleasure in beautiful scenery. Enjoyment
is a quiet sense of well-being and pleasurable satisfaction: enjoyment at sitting in the shade on a warm day. Delight
is a high degree of pleasure, usually leading to active expression of it: delight at receiving a hoped-for letter. Joy
is a feeling of delight so deep and so lasting that one radiates happiness and expresses it spontaneously: joy at unexpected good news. 5.
preference, wish, inclination, predilection.