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?

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    @ermanen agreed, I think that any way you cut it, you'll have to specify curiosity so that people understand.
    – jfa
    Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 19:58
  • Perhaps enlightened
    – Ben Voigt
    Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 23:28
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    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
    Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 14:07

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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"

  • Is "sated" preferable to "satiated"? Commented Apr 23, 2014 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
    Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 20:52
  • Why would we choose "sated" instead of "satisfied"? The question was not asking for an alternative to "satisfy" or "satisfied".
    – ermanen
    Commented Apr 24, 2014 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. Commented Apr 24, 2014 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
    Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 14:10

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

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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.


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


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


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).


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

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    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
    Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 19:08

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


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


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

also contentment, satiation or triumphant.

  • itself from the Merriam Webster dictionary
    – vickyace
    Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 18:15

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