At pleasure


At pleasure
Pleasure Pleas"ure, n. [F. plaisir, originally an infinitive. See {Please}.] 1. The gratification of the senses or of the mind; agreeable sensations or emotions; the excitement, relish, or happiness produced by the expectation or the enjoyment of something good, delightful, or satisfying; -- opposed to {pain}, {sorrow}, etc. [1913 Webster]

At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. --Ps. xvi. 11. [1913 Webster]

2. Amusement; sport; diversion; self-indulgence; frivolous or dissipating enjoyment; hence, sensual gratification; -- opposed to labor, service, duty, self-denial, etc. ``Not sunk in carnal pleasure.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man. --Prov. xxi. 17. [1913 Webster]

Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. --2 Tim. iii. 4. [1913 Webster]

3. What the will dictates or prefers as gratifying or satisfying; hence, will; choice; wish; purpose. ``He will do his pleasure on Babylon.'' --Isa. xlviii. 14. [1913 Webster]

Use your pleasure; if your love do not presuade you to come, let not my letter. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. That which pleases; a favor; a gratification. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure --Acts xxv. 9. [1913 Webster]

{At pleasure}, by arbitrary will or choice. --Dryden.

{To take pleasure in}, to have enjoyment in. --Ps. cxlvii. 11. [1913 Webster]

Note: Pleasure is used adjectively, or in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, pleasure boat, pleasure ground; pleasure house, etc. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Enjoyment; gratification; satisfaction; comfort; solace; joy; gladness; delight; will; choice; preference; purpose; command; favor; kindness. [1913 Webster]


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