1. an act of satisfying; fulfillment; gratification.
  2. the state of being satisfied; contentment.
  3. the cause or means of being satisfied.
  4. confident acceptance of something as satisfactory, dependable, true, etc.
  5. reparation or compensation, as for a wrong or injury.
  6. the opportunity to redress or right a wrong, as by a duel.
  7. payment or discharge, as of a debt or obligation.
  8. Ecclesiastical.
    1. an act of doing penance or making reparation for venial sin.
    2. the penance or reparation made.


  1. the act of satisfying or state of being satisfied
  2. the fulfilment of a desire
  3. the pleasure obtained from such fulfilment
  4. a source of fulfilment
  5. reparation or compensation for a wrong done or received
  6. RC Church Church of England the performance by a repentant sinner of a penance
  7. Christianity the atonement for sin by the death of Christ

n.early 14c., “performance of an act set forth by a priest or other Church authority to atone for sin,” from Old French satisfaction (12c.), from Latin satisfactionem (nominative satisfactio) “a satisfying of a creditor,” noun of action from past participle stem of satisfacere (see satisfy). Senses of “contentment, appeasement” and “action of gratifying” first recorded late 14c.; the former not common before 16c. n.

  1. The fulfillment or gratification of a desire, a need, or an appetite.
  2. The pleasure or contentment that is derived from such gratification.
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