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delighted

[dih-lahy-tid] /dɪˈlaɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
highly pleased.
2.
Obsolete, delightful.
Origin of delighted
1595-1605
1595-1605; delight + -ed2
Related forms
delightedly, adverb
delightedness, noun
quasi-delighted, adjective
quasi-delightedly, adverb
undelighted, adjective
undelightedly, adverb
Synonyms
1. captivated, enraptured, enchanted, ecstatic.

delight

[dih-lahyt] /dɪˈlaɪt/
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.
Related forms
delighter, noun
delightingly, adverb
delightless, adjective
self-delight, noun
undelighting, adjective
Synonyms
1. transport, delectation. See pleasure. 3. charm, enrapture.
Antonyms
1. distress. 2. disappointment.
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  • I suppose it was very ignoble of me, but I was delighted at it.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • I am more than delighted to find he has begun to take an interest in music.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • The father, who delighted in a gay throng, beamed at us from over the table.

    The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • His delighted vanity found in it the most insidious of compliments, as she had intended.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • When Great-Heart is delighted with Mr. Honest, he calls him "a cock of the right kind."

    Among Famous Books John Kelman
British Dictionary definitions for delighted

delighted

/dɪˈlaɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
(often foll by an infinitive) extremely pleased (to do something): I'm delighted to hear it!
sentence substitute
2.
I should be delighted to!
Derived Forms
delightedly, adverb
delightedness, noun

delight

/dɪˈlaɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to please greatly
2.
(intransitive) foll by in. to take great pleasure (in)
noun
3.
extreme pleasure or satisfaction; joy
4.
something that causes this: music was always his delight
Derived Forms
delighter, noun
Word Origin
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
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Word Origin and History for delighted

delight

n.

c.1200, delit, from Old French delit "pleasure, delight, sexual desire," from delitier "please greatly, charm," from Latin delectare "to allure, delight, charm, please," frequentative of delicere "entice" (see delicious). Spelled delite until 16c. when it changed under influence of light, flight, etc.

v.

c.1200, deliten, from Old French delitier (see delight (n.)). Related: Delighted; delighting.

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Slang definitions & phrases for delighted

delight

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boilermaker's delight

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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