One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Physical or intellectual pleasure, delight, or ecstasy.
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, felicityView synonyms
- ‘The jouissance of this movie lies in what we learn about acting, not about human evil.’
- ‘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.’
French, from jouir ‘enjoy’.
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