pleasing

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English plesynge, pleizinge, plesende (present participle), equivalent to please +‎ -ing.

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pleasing (comparative more pleasing, superlative most pleasing)

  1. Agreeable; giving pleasure, cheer, enjoyment or gratification.
    • 1962 October, Brian Haresnape, “Focus on B.R. passenger stations”, in Modern Railways, pages 250-251:
      Elegant brick and stone buildings, with iron and glass canopies and decorative wooden scalloping and fencing—all evidencing care on the part of the architect to produce a pleasing, well-planned building—were submerged beneath a profusion of ill-conceived additions and camouflaged by vulgar paint schemes; and the original conception was lost.
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VerbEdit

pleasing

  1. present participle of please.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English plesing, plesinge (satisfaction; pleasing), equivalent to please +‎ -ing.

NounEdit

pleasing (countable and uncountable, plural pleasings)

  1. pleasure or satisfaction, as in the phrase "to my pleasing."
    • a. 1677, Isaac Barrow, The Passion of our Blessed Saviour (sermon):
      What more palpable confutation can there be of human vanity and arrogance, of all lofty imaginations, all presumptuous confidences, all turgid humours, all fond self-pleasings and self-admirings, than is that tragical cross []

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