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jouissance

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I believe love produces a certain flowering of the whole personality which nothing else can achieve.
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English

Etymology

From late Old French jouissance, from jouir (to enjoy).

Noun

Singular
jouissance

Plural
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jouissance (-)
  1. (obsolete) Enjoyment, delight, pleasure.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 p. 184:
      friendship is enjoyed according as it is desired, it is neither bred, nor nourished, nor increaseth but in jovissance, as being spirituall, and the minde being refined by use and custome.

French

Etymology

From jouir.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ʒwisɑ̃s/

Noun

jouissance f. (plural jouissances)

  1. (law) use, possession, enjoyment
  2. enjoyment, pleasure
  3. sexual pleasure, sensual delight; orgasm, climax

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