delectation


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de·lec·ta·tion

 (dē′lĕk-tā′shən)
n.
1. Delight.
2. Enjoyment; pleasure.

[Middle English delectacioun, from Old French, from Latin dēlectātiō, dēlectātiōn-, from dēlectus, past participle of dēlectāre, to please; see delight.]

delectation

(ˌdiːlɛkˈteɪʃən)
n
pleasure; enjoyment
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.delectation - a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfactiondelectation - a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction; "his delight to see her was obvious to all"
pleasure, pleasance - a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience; "he was tingling with pleasure"
entrancement, ravishment - a feeling of delight at being filled with wonder and enchantment
amusement - a feeling of delight at being entertained
Schadenfreude - delight in another person's misfortune
2.delectation - act of receiving pleasure from something
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"

delectation

noun (Formal) enjoyment, delight, pleasure, entertainment, satisfaction, happiness, relish, amusement, diversion, refreshment, gratification She cooks pastries and cakes for the delectation of visitors.

delectation

noun
1. A feeling of extreme gratification aroused by something good or desired:
2. The condition of responding pleasurably to something:
Translations

delectation

[ˌdiːlekˈteɪʃən] Ndeleite m, delectación f (frm)

delectation

n for somebody’s delectationals besonderen Genuss für jdn

delectation

[ˌdiːlɛkˈteɪʃən] n (frm) → diletto
References in classic literature ?
As if delicate hands carried a casket towards me--a casket open for the delectation of modest adoring eyes: thus did the world present itself before me to-day:--
The Prince smiled and helped himself to one of the very excellent cigarettes which had been provided for the delectation of his visitor.
All that he was and was not, all that he had done and most of what he had not done, was spread out for the delectation of the public, accompanied by snapshots and photographs - the latter procured from the local photographer who had once taken Martin's picture and who promptly copyrighted it and put it on the market.
Helena he became very generous, disposing of a great quantity of ship stores, claret, preserved meats, and great casks packed with soda-water, brought out for his private delectation.
Meanwhile, Mr Venus, who had left the duelling frogs to fight it out in his absence by candlelight for the public delectation, put the shutters up.
There was a moment's hesitancy, then Aunt Mildred placed her hand on the board, and said: "Some one has always to be the fool for the delectation of the rest.
Miss Slowboy, in the mean time, who had a mechanical power of reproducing scraps of current conversation for the delectation of the baby, with all the sense struck out of them, and all the nouns changed into the plural number, inquired aloud of that young creature, Was it Gruffs and Tackletons the toymakers then, and Would it call at Pastry-cooks for wedding-cakes, and Did its mothers know the boxes when its fathers brought them homes; and so on.
Bea scrupulously makes sure that all of her TV-film outings are choice, so her burgeoning fan base is eager to see what beauties and bounties she has whipped up for their delectation in 'Kasal.
As we've had about five governments since we were anywhere near the level of our fabulously-wealthy opponents, and we were playing away, the only conclusion is television is merely looking for a gladiatorialtype scenario - with lower-placed away teams being sacrificial lambs for the slaughter and delectation of the neutral masses.
Hence its usage is divided into two distinct values: the legal meaning of complete ownership of a possession, and the sensual meaning of a delectation or of voluptuousness--exclusively sexual voluptuousness following the usage that is dominant today in European French.
Of the opposition he said: "The race looks to have more depth to it than last year and Cristal Fizz must have a chance, while the local horse Delectation looks useful.
When lanterns are hanging all over the streets, their colourful lights brightening the streets and lightening people's souls with delectation, people realise Ramadan is knocking on their doors.