from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective giving personal satisfaction.
  • adjective occasioning pride.
  • adjective pleasing to the mind or feeling.
  • adjective affording pleasure or satisfaction.

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  • verb Present participle of gratify.

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  • adjective pleasing to the mind or feeling
  • adjective affording satisfaction or pleasure


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  • The key to what makes this novel so gratifying is character.

    Rabid Read-Along: "The Shining" by Stephen King 2009

  • Equally gratifying is to hear you spell out the rationale in these terms:

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  • What has been so gratifying is knowing – and seeing – the results of what would become a personal lifelong mission to spread the good word about hunting to other women while also doing my best to convince men that yes, women belonged beside them in the field.

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  • And the people who are back here now are mostly eally determined to make this work, despite the obstactles, a certain gratifying stubborness at work.

    Hip Hip Hooray! Slimbolala 2005

  • To say homecoming was extremely gratifying is to infinitely understate the magnitude of feeling.

    Kushner, Floyd H. 1977

  • The results are in gratifying agreement with those which have been found in other contexts.

    Hendrik A. Lorentz - Nobel Lecture 1967

  • Barbarians accustomed to place their freedom in gratifying the present passion, and their courage in overlooking all future consequences, turned away with indignant contempt from the remonstrances of justice and policy, and it was the practice to signify by a hollow murmur their dislike of such timid counsels.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 1206

  • One of the things that we find most gratifying is that everyone who hears about BillMonk immediately “gets it”; social money – informal debts between friends – has always been a thorn in everyone’s side.

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  • Hell not three weeks ago Mitt was running radio adverts denouncing the stem cell bill in terms gratifying to any witch doctor.

    The Chimes at Midnight 2005

  • I'm rather dubious about my chances of making it straight to heaven, unless I die heroically as a martyr or saving lives— which of course would be too gratifying, which is why it probably won't happen.

    Archive 2005-11-01 Mike L 2005


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  • My adjectival use: 'He made some gratifying remarks.'

    August 22, 2011