Definition of jouissance in English:



mass nounformal
  • Physical or intellectual pleasure, delight, or ecstasy.

    • ‘He looks just exploding with jouissance, wouldn't you say.’
    • ‘And I had a stab of sheer jouissance because I knew what I was about to do.’
    • ‘I see accessible, crowd-pleasing entertainment that is rich with meaning and jouissance.’
    • ‘I can feel the jouissance as she reads what has come to her, the deep ecstasy that writing has occasioned, even though the subject is grief, death.’
    • ‘The jouissance of this movie lies in what we learn about acting, not about human evil.’
    contentment, pleasure, contentedness, satisfaction, cheerfulness, cheeriness, merriment, merriness, gaiety, joy, joyfulness, joyousness, joviality, jollity, jolliness, glee, blitheness, carefreeness, gladness, delight, good spirits, high spirits, light-heartedness, good cheer, well-being, enjoyment, felicity
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French, from jouir ‘enjoy’.