Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Delight.
  • n. Enjoyment; pleasure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Great pleasure; delight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Great pleasure; delight.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Great pleasure, particularly of the senses; delight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. act of receiving pleasure from something
  • n. a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction

Etymologies

Middle English delectacioun, from Old French, from Latin dēlectātiō, dēlectātiōn-, from dēlectus, past participle of dēlectāre, to please; see delight.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Othewise, what self-respecting apartment wouldn't have book walls, for Angela's teethin delectation only scan months later?

    Happy Birthday, Angela Antoinette Crider!

  • He became an actor by the side of whom those comedians that played impromptus for his delectation were the merest bunglers with the art.

    The Shame of Motley: being the memoir of certain transactions in the life of Lazzaro Biancomonte, of Biancomonte, sometime fool of the court of Pesaro

  • So: Here today for your delectation is a piece from

    Verbal Spew

  • Among the slew of newbies for our delectation is a legal thriller and a manga with bells (wedding bells, that is) on.

    Anime Nano!

  • Or perhaps should that be 'delectation'; I'd noticed Julian Flynn averting his eyes, but I wasn't fooled - the way he licked at his lips gave his game away.

    The Mirror of Venus

  • Poussin told a friend that the aim of art is "delectation"; and although the statement is not entirely consistent with some of his earlier ideas, delectation is precisely what comes to mind as you engage with these astonishing paintings.

    The New Republic - All Feed

  • Biscotti were built to travel, as were biscuits, English for the often cheerless sort-of-cookielike items that seem to have been baked for durability rather than delectation.

    The English Is Coming!

  • The programme was one of those in which a degraded family, or perhaps I should say a group of human beings who have lived in close association for some time or other, airs its appalling behaviour in public in return, I should imagine, for money, and for the prurient delectation of a voyeuristic audience.

    Toxic TV « Anglican Samizdat

  • "The arty delectation of Detroit's destruction - 'ruin porn,' as it's called - it sometimes seems to take up half the Internet," he writes.

    Among the ghosts of Detroit

  • I'm planning a full-shad dinner (roe appetizer, fish main course) on Thursday, for the delectation of two self-professed shad lovers.

    Roast Chicken

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  • "We have come to believe we can do anything. We can do anything. Accepting that we no longer possess the powers of angels or of devils, that the world no longer exists for our delectation, demands that we do something few people in the rich world have done for many years: recognise that progress now depends upon the exercise of fewer opportunities."
    - 'Heat', George Monbiot.

    February 19, 2008

  • Morose delectation Aquinas tunbelly calls this, frate porcospino. Unfallen Adam rode and not rutted.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 3

    December 30, 2006