Meaning of delight

delight




When you like someone, you might say, “She is an absolute delight.” You mean you think she’s great: a delight is a source of joy, and to delight is to cause pleasure. Babies are particularly good at expressing delight in new things.

Delight is often associated with an initial impression—one says, “She continues to delight us,” to suggest that the first impression continues. The word delight derives from the Latin delectare “to charm,” which also gives us delectable, and the same lighthearted sense of pure, uncomplicated pleasure.

Definitions of delight
  1. noun

    a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction

    “his
    delight to see her was obvious to all”
    synonyms:

    delectation

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    types:

    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
    type of:

    pleasance, pleasure

    a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience

  2. noun

    something or someone that provides a source of happiness

    “the new car is a
    delight
    synonyms:

    joy, pleasure

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    type of:

    positive stimulus

    a stimulus with desirable consequences

  3. verb

    take delight in

    “he
    delights in his granddaughter”
    synonyms:

    enjoy, revel

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    types:

    have a ball, have a good time

    enjoy oneself greatly
    wallow

    delight greatly in
    live it up

    enjoy oneself

  4. verb

    give pleasure to or be pleasing to

    synonyms:

    please

    please

    give satisfaction
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    Antonyms:

    displease

    give displeasure to
    types:

    endear

    make attractive or lovable
    enchant, enrapture, enthral, enthrall, ravish, transport

    hold spellbound
    type of:

    gratify, satisfy

    make happy or satisfied

  5. verb

    hold spellbound

    synonyms:

    enchant, enrapture, enthral, enthrall, ravish, transport

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    Antonyms:

    disenchant, disillusion

    free from enchantment
    type of:

    please

    give pleasure to or be pleasing to

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