Definitions for: Delight


[n] something or someone that provides pleasure; a source of happiness; "a joy to behold"; "the pleasure of his company"; "the new car is a delight"
[n] a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction; "his delight to see her was obvious to all"
[v] take delight in; "he delights in his granddaughter"
[v] give pleasure to; be pleasing to
[v] hold spellbound



Webster (1913) Definition: De*light", n. [OE. delit, OF. delit, deleit, fr.
delitier, to delight. See Delight, v. t.]
1. A high degree of gratification of mind; a high- wrought
state of pleasurable feeling; lively pleasure; extreme
satisfaction; joy.

Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt
not. --Shak.

A fool hath no delight in understanding. --Prov.
xviii. 2.

2. That which gives great pleasure or delight.

Heaven's last, best gift, my ever new delight.
--Milton.

3. Licentious pleasure; lust. [Obs.] --Chaucer.


De*light", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delighted; p. pr. &
vb. n. Delighting.] [OE. deliten, OF. delitier, deleitier,
F. d['e]lecter, fr. L. delectare to entice away, to delight
(sc. by attracting or alluring), intens. of delicere to
allure, delight; de- + lacere to entice, allure; cf. laqueus
a snare. Cf. Delectate, Delicate, Delicious,
Dilettante, Elicit, Lace.]
To give delight to; to affect with great pleasure; to please
highly; as, a beautiful landscape delights the eye; harmony
delights the ear.

Inventions to delight the taste. --Shak.

Delight our souls with talk of knightly deeds.
--Tennyson.


De*light", v. i.
To have or take great delight or pleasure; to be greatly
pleased or rejoiced; -- followed by an infinitive, or by in.

Love delights in praises. --Shak.

I delight to do thy will, O my God. --Ps. xl. 8.

Synonyms: delectation, enjoy, joy, please, pleasure, revel

Antonyms: disenchant, disillusion, displease

See Also: amusement, delight, enchant, endear, enrapture, enthral, enthrall, entrancement, expend, gratify, like, live it up, pleasance, pleasure, positive stimulus, ravish, ravishment, satisfy, Schadenfreude, transport, use, wallow

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