Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PLEASURES

Considered as a form of self-sacrifice, it was not without its pleasures.

Our pleasures are but the stolen moments we can snatch from its inattention.

As a nation, our people are pampering themselves and living for their own pleasures.

And it was the greatest of pleasures to smile at each other every morning and evening.

The pleasures of the table were all that seemed left to me in life.

So true it is, that all our pleasures must be earned, before they can be enjoyed.

That the pleasures of the mighty are not obtained by the tears of the poor.

The mice, he avers, enjoyed the pleasures of the chase with composure.

What riches, or honours, or pleasures, can make us amends for the loss of innocence?

For my part, I propose quite other pleasures with my dear partner.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "condition of enjoyment," from Old French plesir, also plaisir "enjoyment, delight, desire, will" (12c.), from noun use of infinitive plaisir (v.) "to please," from Latin placere "to please, give pleasure, be approved" (see please (v.)). Ending altered in English 14c. by influence of words in -ure (measure, etc.). Meaning "sensual enjoyment as the chief object of life" is attested from 1520s.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.