Definition of delectation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdiːlɛkˈteɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun] formal, chiefly humorous
Pleasure and delight: they had all manner of rock ‘n’ roll goodies for our delectation
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  • I've finally got together some new links for your pleasure and delectation.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin delectatio(n-), from delectare 'to charm' (see delight).

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