Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

There is a good feeling you get when your curiosity is satisfied, especially if is about a question you found interesting or important, or have spent a lot of time and energy trying to answer. Depending on how much I wanted to know, this feeling can be quite pleasing. Is there a word specifically for either the satisfaction of a curiosity, or the feeling that results?

share|improve this question
1  
@ermanen agreed, I think that any way you cut it, you'll have to specify curiosity so that people understand. –  JFA Apr 23 at 19:58
    
Perhaps enlightened –  Ben Voigt Apr 23 at 23:28
    
In my opinion, the question is not asking for alternatives to satisfy or satisfied but most answers are going towards that. There isn't a single word for this specific situation and the best fit is still "satisfied" in the context. –  ermanen Apr 24 at 14:07

9 Answers 9

I feel sated when a need has been fulfilled, including curiosity, for example: "Learning of the contents of the box in the movie "7" has sated my, and Brad Pitt's, curiosity."

from MWO:

Sate - verb, Sated - adjective

"having one's appetite completely satisfied"

share|improve this answer
    
Is "sated" preferable to "satiated"? –  blueintegral Apr 23 at 20:21
    
@blueintegral Hmm, to me "satiated" like it is more strongly with respect to food. "sated" could be interpreted like that too, but (to me at least) less so than "satiated" –  Cruncher Apr 23 at 20:52
    
Why would we choose "sated" instead of "satisfied"? The question was not asking for an alternative to "satisfy" or "satisfied". –  ermanen Apr 24 at 13:58
    
@ermanen, "sated", to me, is a degree more satisfying that "satisfied". I can eat a salad and have my hunger satisfied, but if I eat a steak and a potato with that salad, I'm more likely to feel "sated". It's a nuance. –  Kristina Lopez Apr 24 at 14:08
    
But it is still not a better fit than "satisfied". It is just a nice alternative and the question is not asking for an alternative or another degree. The common phrase is "satisfy one's curiosity". –  ermanen Apr 24 at 14:10

This is what you get from Google Books Search, with the search term, curiosity was [v*].

The best options seem to be:

  • satisfied
  • gratified
  • appeased
  • sated
  • fed

All these words are quite generic, though. I did not see anything relevant that goes better with "curiosity" than with anything else.

share|improve this answer

After I have been satisfied I feel very content.

a state of satisfaction.

If I am obnoxiously satisfied with a little smirk, one might say I am smug.

an excessive feeling of self-satisfaction

share|improve this answer

I would like to call "satisfaction of curiosity" as knowledge (or knowing) if we really want to go with a single word. Because you know something when you satisfy your curiosity.

curiosity: A desire to know or learn.


Though, there isn't a single word for satisfaction that is only associated with curiosity. In most cases, "satisfaction" or "satisfied" can be used depending on the context.

The common phrase is "satisfy one's curiosity" as you mentioned in the question.

Other than that, relief and reward is used in some technical sources.

The drive to learn new information or perform some action is often initiated by the anticipation of reward (an emotional sensation of relief and happiness). In this way, the concepts of motivation and reward are intrinsically tied to the phenomenon of curiosity.

~Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curiosity

share|improve this answer

Perhaps enlightened, apprised, or informed?

  • enlightened - "Made aware of something."

  • apprise - "To notify, or to make aware; to inform."

  • informed - "Instructed; having knowledge of a fact or area of education."

Of the three, I'd go with enlightened as it seems to have the most positive connotations (to me at least).

share|improve this answer

Hyperhedonia: The feeling of an abnormally great pleasure in any act or happening. [hyper- + G. hēdonē, pleasure]

share|improve this answer
1  
I don't think this actually fits, because hyperhedonia implies something not within the bounds of normal responses. My curiosity can be sated when I find out the answer to a riddle, but if I'm exhibiting hyperhedonia I think people will correctly assume something is wrong with me. –  Mordred Apr 23 at 19:08

I would say that my curiosity is satiated (rassasier in French).

share|improve this answer

"grokked" works to an extent. And, since "curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back", maybe "reincarnated".

share|improve this answer

afterglow - (noun) it is a pleasant effect or feeling that lingers after something is done, experienced, or achieved.

also contentment, satiation or triumphant.

share|improve this answer
    
itself from the Merriam Webster dictionary –  vickyace Apr 23 at 18:15

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.