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enjoyment

[en-joi-muh nt] /ɛnˈdʒɔɪ mənt/
noun
1.
the act of enjoying.
2.
the possession, use, or occupancy of anything with satisfaction or pleasure:
to have the enjoyment of a large income.
3.
a particular form or source of pleasure:
Hunting is his greatest enjoyment.
4.
Law. the exercise of a right:
the enjoyment of an estate.
Origin of enjoyment
1545-1555
1545-55; enjoy + -ment
Related forms
preenjoyment, noun
reenjoyment, noun
self-enjoyment, noun
Synonyms
2. delight, gratification. See pleasure.
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Examples from the Web for self-enjoyment
Historical Examples
  • In one of the sections an eulogium is bestowed upon the beauty of virtue as a means of self-enjoyment.

    Curiosities of Superstition W. H. Davenport Adams
  • But it ends in the palace of magnificence, in the extravagance of self-enjoyment.

    Creative Unity Rabindranath Tagore
  • Of such bodies and souls the self-enjoyment calleth itself "virtue."

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Not a fear dashed the full and smooth cup of his self-enjoyment.

    The Disowned, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Louis, you are called from the happiness of self-enjoyment to that of self-neglect.

  • But we remain in this "imperfect" world, because even so we can use it for our—self-enjoyment.

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
  • Intercourse is the enjoyment of the world, and belongs to my—self-enjoyment.

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
  • It was by this event that the feelings of the Countess were roused from the long apathy of self-enjoyment.

British Dictionary definitions for self-enjoyment

enjoyment

/ɪnˈdʒɔɪmənt/
noun
1.
the act or condition of receiving pleasure from something
2.
the use or possession of something that is satisfying or beneficial
3.
something that provides joy or satisfaction
4.
the possession or exercise of a legal right
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Word Origin and History for self-enjoyment

enjoyment

n.

1550s, from enjoy + -ment.

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