Definition of jouissance in US English:



  • Physical or intellectual pleasure, delight, or ecstasy.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I see accessible, crowd-pleasing entertainment that is rich with meaning and jouissance.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.