Definition of gratification in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Pleasure, especially when gained from the satisfaction of a desire.

    ‘a thirst for sexual gratification’
    • ‘A life of continuous gratification of desire may be better, other things being equal, than one where the same desires were not gratified.’
    • ‘If in your childhood, you have your need for sexual gratification satisfied in some bizarre way, then that carries with you.’
    • ‘That is one reason why it is difficult to know whether the way we are going will enable us to experience the enjoyment, gratification, and satisfaction we seek.’
    • ‘Secondly, and most trivially, if you extend her argument she is effectively saying that she's only doing it as a public service; she's not going to get any personal gain or gratification from it.’
    • ‘He said he did not gain sexual gratification from the images and was interested in why gay people wanted to communicate in this way because he was studying psychology.’
    • ‘Children who can delay their desire for instant gratification have been shown to do better in all walks of career and financial future.’
    • ‘Social and legal regimes of domination and suppression organize to support production imperatives with gratification of sexual desire and the reproduction of labor.’
    • ‘It's hardly news that the human thirst for sexual gratification is powerful and various, but there's another basic need tangled up in our sex lives that is nearly as difficult to define as it is to satisfy.’
    • ‘Also released were desires for instant gratification - sport, dancing, sex - and people who had been in low spirits for so long now seemed intent on seizing what pleasure they could and enjoying it for as long as it would last.’
    • ‘And as long as you continue to remember that sex is all about mutual gratification and satisfaction, you're on the right track.’
    • ‘Your sex drive is strong and you desire instant gratification.’
    • ‘It has been alleged he may have done it for sadistic kicks rather than financial gain or sexual gratification.’
    • ‘Since they evoked feelings of gratification and satisfaction, uncertainty abounds as to whether they should be erased it into oblivion.’
    • ‘To put you in the mood to buy, the product is associated with youth, pleasure, desire, ease, gratification, satisfaction.’
    • ‘For others it may mean serving the poor and gaining mental gratification.’
    • ‘The rise of the internet has been intimately connected with the gratification of sexual desire.’
    • ‘For another, willingness to sacrifice on behalf of post-war reconstruction gave way to demands for immediate gratification, and satisfying those demands could not be put off indefinitely.’
    • ‘His own desires for personal gratification are all subjugated to his priestly office.’
    • ‘Indeed, experiencing sexual pleasure and gratification, even in marriage, may be interpreted as evidence of a lack of purity and virtue in women.’
    • ‘Even that most satisfying and productive of human pleasures, sexual gratification, has stayed much the same.’
    satisfaction, fulfilment, indulgence, relief, quenching, slaking, satiation, appeasement, assuagement
    pleasure, enjoyment, thrill, relish
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A source of pleasure.
      • ‘What about the gratifications of the gambler or the drug addict?’
      • ‘The lie has become a gratification in itself, told purely for pleasure.’
      • ‘This is because there has to be consistency in life, and some of our most worthwhile efforts are those directed at long-term goals, which means the deferral of short-term gratifications.’
      • ‘They are a gratification of our deepest darkest desires, a side that has been kept suppressed.’
      • ‘There is no principled way to decide that one man's gratifications are more deserving of respect than another's or that one form of gratification is more worthy than another.’
      • ‘He said that works of art creations are the imaginary gratifications of unconscious wishes.’
      • ‘There is a guilty pleasure in looking at these paintings, which do things the old-fashioned way, providing the visual gratifications of color, light, brushwork and subject matter that we have been taught to dismiss.’
      • ‘These gratifications are achieved at some expense, such as frustration with limited online resources, user abilities, search inefficiencies and search speed.’
      • ‘In ordinary English we fail to distinguish the gratifications from the pleasures.’
      • ‘Her major gratifications were seeing the many social services she was instrumental in initiating come to fruition, among them day care for senior citizens.’
      • ‘Nationalism was something new and exciting and was a gratification to be explored vigorously.’
      • ‘We inhabit a space of restless disquiet, and into that space popular culture introduces cathartic visions of disruptions, destructions, calamities, betrayals, gratifications, fulfillments and healings.’
      • ‘Since children start off focused on their own gratifications, getting them to internalise a kind of impartiality that constantly requires them to make large sacrifices for the sake of others would have extremely high costs.’
      • ‘The dependency is limited to such gratifications as he finds in their public visibility.’
      • ‘They tease and tease, but eventually there's a gratification, expertly timed.’
      • ‘The apparently immoralist heroine gradually establishes, over the course of these central 150 pages, both the shallowness and the cost of purely physical gratifications.’
      • ‘Even football's symbolic gratifications are not considered, and any prestige that the football player may earn by playing on the national team is essentially a collateral benefit.’
      • ‘It was no doubt a huge boost for the children who wrote them, an instant gratification that may well urge them on to more compositional efforts.’
      • ‘You don't have to slave and toil to earn all of life's gratifications.’
      • ‘I'm no slave to pleasure myself, but I know the gratifications of playing sport are as intense as any.’