delight

Definitions

  • "'This is a delightful surprise.'"
    "'This is a delightful surprise.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v delight take delight in "he delights in his granddaughter"
    • v delight give pleasure to or be pleasing to "These colors please the senses","a pleasing sensation"
    • v delight hold spellbound
    • n delight something or someone that provides a source of happiness "a joy to behold","the pleasure of his company","the new car is a delight"
    • n delight a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction "his delight to see her was obvious to all"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A delighted herald and shocked sisters look on A delighted herald and shocked sisters look on

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Delight 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.""A fool hath no delight in understanding."
    • Delight Licentious pleasure; lust.
    • Delight That which gives great pleasure or delight. "Heaven's last, best gift, my ever new delight ."
    • v. t Delight 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.""Delight our souls with talk of knightly deeds."
    • v. i Delight 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.""I delight to do thy will, O my God."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • delight To affect with great pleasure or rapture; please highly; give or afford a high degree of satisfaction or enjoyment to: as, a beautiful landscape delights the eye; harmony delights the ear; poetry delights the mind.
    • delight To have or take great pleasure; be greatly pleased or rejoiced: followed by an infinitive or by in.
    • n delight A high degree of pleasure or satisfaction; joy; rapture.
    • n delight That which gives great pleasure; that which affords a high degree of satisfaction or enjoyment.
    • n delight Licentious pleasure; lust. Synonyms Joy, Pleasure, etc. (see gladness), gratification, rapture, transport, ecstasy, delectation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Delight de-līt′ to please highly
    • v.i Delight to have or take great pleasure: to be greatly pleased
    • n Delight a high degree of pleasure: extreme satisfaction: that which gives great pleasure
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
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    “I delight in men over seventy. They always offer one the devotion of a lifetime.”
  • Alexander Pope
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    “True disputants are like true sportsman: their whole delight is in the pursuit.”
  • Paul Claudel
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    “Intelligence is nothing without delight.”
  • Helen Keller
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    “Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful.”
  • Joseph Brodsky
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    “How delightful to find a friend in everyone.”
  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
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    “And what a delight it is to make friends with someone you have despised.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. deliten, OF. delitier, deleitier, F. délecter, 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

Usage

In literature:

Philip thinks he has never spent a more delightful morning.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
It was delightful in simplicity and neat arrangement.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Susan Hornby's eyes twinkled with delight.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
All this was very delightful, and when the beetle woke up he crept forth and looked around him.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Lady Archibald was delighted with the child, who was quite beautiful.
"The Martian" by George Du Maurier
She sprang to her feet with a cry of delight.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
It was a cosy little apartment as ever eleven years old need delight in.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
His own personality redeemed from recent horror became a delightful thing.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
The Mahommedan historian of those times takes delight in aggravating the charge.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
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In poetry:

And when my singing
Has razed your quite,
I shall have lost
Half my delight.
"The Stream’s Song" by Lascelles Abercrombie
Yet, ere the sunset
Faded to night,
The Lord wrought islands
For man's delight.
"Islands" by Cicely Fox Smith
Thou, at the world-loom
Weaving thy future,
Fitly may'st temper
Toil with delight.
"England My Mother" by William Watson
And there grow flowers
For other's delight.
Think well, O singer,
Soon comes night.
"The Songs I Had" by Ivor Gurney
I sing the yellow leaf,
That rustling strews
The wintry path, where grief
Delights to muse.
"Song" by Frances Anne Kemble
A sere and yellow leaf,
That rustling strews
The wintry path, where grief
Delights to muse.
"Song" by Frances Anne Kemble

In news:

(from track report) Trainer Bob Baffert expressed delight in having Jerry Bailey back aboard Congaree for Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr.
Trainer Bob Baffert expressed delight in having Jerry Bailey back aboard Congaree for Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr.
Art Ginsburg, known as the delightfully dorky Mr Food, dies at 81.
Art Ginsburg, the delightfully dorky television chef known as Mr Food, has died at his home in Weston, Fla.
La Jolla Art Association's summer show delightfully breaks out of the norm.
The La Jolla Art Association's recent "Summer Magic" gallery exhibit (July 30-Aug 12) was a refreshing surprise and a delight to the senses.
'Simple' does it: Kathleen George continues to make Pittsburgh delightfully lurid.
Delightfully mild, and still dry for now.
Delightfully Filling 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs'.
In Ranking Brand Engagement, Delighting Consumers Continues to Be Key to Brand Connection.
Delighting in the Business of Men's Fashion.
Delighting the customer is hugely profitable.
Why is delighting the customer so profitable.
Is Delighting The Customer Profitable.
Bureaucracy Meets Art, Delighting Christo.
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In science:

Toomre (1981) gives a delightful tutorial, explaining swing amplification as a near-resonance between radial shear, epicyclic motion, and self-gravity.
Forming Planetesimals in Solar and Extrasolar Nebulae
To the delight of high-energy physicists, there is no reason why this universe could not be our own.
LHC card games: bringing about retrocausality?
I was delighted to discover that Martin Gardner shares my dislike for Odd One Out questions.
Odd One Out
Jourdain who was surprised and delighted to learn that he has been speaking prose all his life without knowing it.
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Kim for inviting me to lecture in this delightful summer school and also for giving me the opportunity to see Korea. I thank K.V.L.
Neutrinos at high energy accelerators
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