delight

[dih-lahyt]
noun
1.
a high degree of pleasure or enjoyment; joy; rapture: She takes great delight in her job.
2.
something that gives great pleasure: The dance was a delight to see.
verb (used with object)
3.
to give great pleasure, satisfaction, or enjoyment to; please highly: The show delighted everyone.
verb (used without object)
4.
to have great pleasure; take pleasure (followed by in or an infinitive): She delights in going for long walks in the country.

Origin:
1175–1225; (v.) respelling, after light1, of earlier delite, Middle English deliten < Anglo-French deliter, Old French delitier < Latin delectāre (see delectable); (noun) respelling (as above) of Middle English delit < Anglo-French, Old French, derivative of v.

delighter, noun
delightingly, adverb
delightless, adjective
self-delight, noun
undelighting, adjective


1. transport, delectation. See pleasure. 3. charm, enrapture.


1. distress. 2. disappointment.
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delight (dɪˈlaɪt)
 
vb (foll by in)
1.  (tr) to please greatly
2.  to take great pleasure (in)
 
n
3.  extreme pleasure or satisfaction; joy
4.  something that causes this: music was always his delight
 
[C13: from Old French delit, from deleitier to please, from Latin dēlectāre, from dēlicere to allure, from de- + lacere to entice; see delicious; English spelling influenced by light]
 
de'lighter
 
n

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delight
early 13c., delit, from O.Fr. delit, from delitier "please greatly, charm," from L. delectare "to allure, delight," freq. of delicere "entice" (see delicious). Spelled delite until 16c. when it changed under influence of light, flight, etc. Related: Delightful (1520s).
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Example sentences
Come here at night, however, and the experience transforms into a sensuous
  delight-a real pleasure of shared community.
Fine linen is as great a delight to the housewife now as it was in the days
  when she spun and wove it herself.
It takes a savage delight in annihilation, even if there is no point to it.
To many of his colleagues, he seemed to take delight in testing the limits of
  the law to their extremity.
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