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Look up Pleasure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

Pleasure is a positive sensation, though Arthur Schopenhauer, 19th Century German philosopher, understood pleasure as a negative sensation, as it negates the usual existential condition, that of suffering. It is commonly conceptualized as somehow opposed to pain, though it has received much less scientific attention. Pleasure can be brought about in different ways, depending on how every individual feels the feeling of pleasure. Some feel this phenomenon through music, sexuality, writing, accomplishment, recognition, service, and any other imaginable activity; even pain. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (from wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ...


It also refers to "enjoyment" related to certain physical, sensual, emotional or mental experience.


Pleasure also

 means (as a starting point to quote [1]): 

" Etymology: Middle English plesure, alteration of plesir, from Middle French plaisir, from plaisir to please

Desire, Inclination (...wait upon his pleasure -- Shakespeare)
a state of gratification
a. sensual gratification b. frivolous amusement
a source of delight or joy "

Pleasure may also be defined, at least in some contexts, to be a significant reduction in discomfort.


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