AskDefine | Define gratification

Dictionary Definition



1 state of being gratified; great satisfaction; "dull repetitious work gives no gratification"; "to my immense gratification he arrived on time" [syn: satisfaction]
2 the act or an instance of satisfying

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of gratifying, or pleasing, either the mind, the taste, or the appetite; as, the gratification of the palate, of the appetites, of the senses, of the desires, of the heart.
  2. That which affords pleasure; satisfaction; enjoyment; fruition: delight.
  3. A reward; a recompense; a gratuity.

Extensive Definition

Gratification is the positive emotional response (happiness) to a fulfillment of desire.
Maturity is often defined as the ability to delay gratification (patience), and progress as the real or imagined perception of movement towards gratification.
Western culture is sometimes criticized for its emphasis on instant gratification, i.e., the conscious expenditure of effort to make the time interval between wanting something and getting it as short as possible. This focus may be due in part to the influence of utilitarianism, the consequentialist belief that morality can be measured by the overall yield of happiness (utility) that results from a particular action. One example of a significant influence of this theory is the importance of cost-benefit analysis in Western economic theory.
Currently, a free self-report Delaying Gratification Inventory is available online as a part of a research project conducted by Central Michigan University The survey describes trait differences in the tendency to delay or immediately seek gratification along six categories as well as a global domain. The survey provides custom personality feedback on this trait.

See also

gratification in Spanish: Satisfacción
gratification in French: Satisfaction
gratification in Italian: Soddisfazione
gratification in Sicilian: Sudisfazzioni

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

amusement, animal pleasure, bodily pleasure, boodle, bribe, bribe money, carnal delight, coddling, comfort, compensation, content, contentment, cosseting, coziness, creature comforts, delight, ease, endpleasure, enjoyment, entertainment, euphoria, favoring, forepleasure, fruition, fun, gratuity, great satisfaction, gusto, hearty enjoyment, humoring, hush money, indulgence, intellectual pleasure, joie de vivre, keen pleasure, kicks, luxury, mollycoddling, obliging, overindulgence, overpermissiveness, pampering, payoff, payola, permissiveness, physical pleasure, pleasing, pleasure, protection, quiet pleasure, recompense, relish, requital, return, reward, satisfaction, self-gratification, self-indulgence, sensual pleasure, sensuous pleasure, sexual pleasure, sop, spoiling, sweetness of life, titillation, voluptuousness, well-being, zest
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