- an act of satisfying; fulfillment; gratification.
- the state of being satisfied; contentment.
- the cause or means of being satisfied.
- confident acceptance of something as satisfactory, dependable, true, etc.
- reparation or compensation, as for a wrong or injury.
- the opportunity to redress or right a wrong, as by a duel.
- payment or discharge, as of a debt or obligation.
- an act of doing penance or making reparation for venial sin.
- the penance or reparation made.
- the act of satisfying or state of being satisfied
- the fulfilment of a desire
- the pleasure obtained from such fulfilment
- a source of fulfilment
- reparation or compensation for a wrong done or received
- RC Church Church of England the performance by a repentant sinner of a penance
- 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.
- The fulfillment or gratification of a desire, a need, or an appetite.
- The pleasure or contentment that is derived from such gratification.