Definition of jouissance in English:

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Pronunciation: /ZHo͞oēˈsäns/


Physical or intellectual pleasure, delight, or ecstasy.
Example sentences
  • 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.


French, from jouir 'enjoy'.

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Syllabification: jou·is·sance

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