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gratification

[grat-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌgræt ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the state of being gratified; great satisfaction.
2.
something that gratifies; source of pleasure or satisfaction.
3.
the act of gratifying.
4.
Archaic. a reward, recompense, or gratuity.
Origin of gratification
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin grātificātiōn- (stem of grātificātiō). See gratify, -ation
Related forms
nongratification, noun
overgratification, noun
pregratification, noun
supergratification, noun
Synonyms
1. pleasure, relish, delight, enjoyment, comfort.
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gratification

/ˌɡrætɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of gratifying or the state of being gratified
2.
something that gratifies
3.
an obsolete word for gratuity
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Word Origin and History for gratification
n.

1590s, from Middle French gratification or directly from Latin gratificationem (nominative gratificatio) "obligingness, complaisance," noun of action from past participle stem of gratificari (see gratify).

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