Antonyms for enjoys

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He enjoys not a little--it has been often said--of the position of posterity.

New-Haven enjoys an elephant that has corns, and is about to be operated on by a chiropodist.

Can they prolong their own possession, or lengthen his days who enjoys them?

The perpetrator is educated, wise, enjoys the respect of his fellows.

He enjoys the smell of powder in a battle where he is always safe.

As a man he enjoys the respect and confidence of his fellow citizens.

There is no man so much at the mercy of his own vanity as he who enjoys a limited notoriety.

And to some extent, every one, a poet be he or a cobbler, enjoys such a license.

He also enjoys lions and tigers, but not crocodiles or snakes.

He enjoys the privileges of a papal offspring, and there is no sanctuary he will respect.


late 14c., "rejoice, be glad" (intransitive), from Old French enjoir "to give joy, rejoice, take delight in," from en- "make" (see en- (1)) + joir "enjoy," from Latin gaudere "rejoice" (see joy); Sense of "have the use or benefit of" first recorded early 15c. (replacing Old English brucan; see brook (v.)).

Meaning "take pleasure in" is mid-15c. In modern use it has a tendency to lose its connection with pleasure: newspaper photo captions say someone enjoys an ice cream cone, etc., when all she is doing is eating it, and Wright's "English Dialect Dictionary" (1900) reports widespread use in north and west England of the phrase to enjoy bad health for one who has ailments. Related: Enjoyed; enjoying; enjoys.