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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
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

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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