de·light′some·ly adv.
de·light′some·ness n.
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literary another word for delightful
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(dɪˈlaɪt səm)

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References in classic literature ?
`Come, tell me now this also, godlike Homer: what think you in your heart is most delightsome to men?'
`When mirth reigns throughout the town, and feasters about the house, sitting in order, listen to a minstrel; when the tables beside them are laden with bread and meat, and a wine-bearer draws sweet drink from the mixing-bowl and fills the cups: this I think in my heart to be most delightsome.'
Laurie's eyes followed her with pleasure, for she neither romped nor sauntered, but danced with spirit and grace, making the delightsome pastime what it should be.
Polly looked carefully round to see that no fashionable eye beheld the awful deed, and finding all safe, settled her freight, and spun away down hill, feeling all over the delightsome excitement of swift motion which makes coasting such a favorite pastime with the more sensible portion of the child-world.
The industry is quite large and competitive, what is special about Delightsome bread?
Her choice of the word "transgressions" acknowledges the social, moral, and spiritual condemnation that too often attended the reception of a woman "so presumptuous as to write." She doubles the convergence of translation and literary standards by closing her list of poetic theorists with the question "can there any where be found, a more delightsome, or more usefull peice of Poetry, then that--
The which of many thinges in him be straunge, I know will seeme the straungest, the wordes themselves being so auncient, the knittinge of them so short and intricate, and the whole periode and compasse of his speache so delightsome for the roundnesse, and so grave for the strangenesse.
(10) Strong sees the natural landscape surrounding Herbert as an antidote to lovesickness, citing Burton's words "what is more pleasant than to walk alone in some solitary grove, betwixt wood and water, by a Brook side, to meditate upon some delightsome and pleasant subject" (Elizabethan Image 67).
"delightsome" arched veranda, the Senora wonders why it is
The former 'covets always pleasant and delightsome things, and abhors that which is distasteful, harsh, or unpleasant', while the latter avoids 'danger and indignation'.
The epistle to Harvey speaks of the generic decorum of archaism, the subtle way in which the 'straunge' antiquity of the words complements the elaborate pastoral syntax, 'the knitting of them so short and intricate, and the whole Periode and compasse of speache so delightsome for the roundnesse, and so graue for the straungenesse'.