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[dee-lek-tey-shuh n] /ˌdi lɛkˈteɪ ʃən/
delight; enjoyment.
Origin of delectation
1350-1400; Middle English delectacioun < Latin dēlectātiōn- (stem of dēlectātiō), equivalent to dēlectāt(us) (see delectate) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Through the kitchen he passed, feeling guilty as he smelled new peas cooking for his delectation on Mrs. Black's stove.

    An Alabaster Box Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
  • To spin yarns for Charley's delectation would have been absurd.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • The latter puts forth all his agreeability for the delectation of a grander audience than he ever had at home.

  • After dinner she continued the recital of her adventures for the Master's delectation.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • It was her glory and her pride to enhance it for his delectation.

    Simon the Jester William J. Locke
  • She came in pretending to beat an imaginary horse, for the delectation of Meta.

    The Shadow of Ashlydyat Mrs. Henry Wood
  • At meal time the exasperating brown bread was invariably offered for my delectation, and that I regarded as a personal affront.

    My Friends at Brook Farm John Van Der Zee Sears
  • Such is the appetising menu which dust furnishes for our delectation.

    Bacteria in Daily Life Mrs. Percy Frankland
  • He has something unique and novel from week to week to present for the delectation of his audiences.

  • From what we could gather, Gerda seemed to be "dressing up" for the delectation of her guests.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
British Dictionary definitions for delectation


pleasure; enjoyment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for delectation

mid-14c., from Old French delectation "enjoyment" (12c.), from Latin delectationem (nominative delectatio), noun of action from past participle stem of delectare (see delight (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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