- 1Please (someone) greatly: an experience guaranteed to delight both young and oldMore example sentences
- It was here he held court late into the night, cajoling, entertaining and delighting friends from various walks of life.
- The gods and monsters of khon have been delighting Siamese audiences for the past seven centuries, though for the majority of its history those audiences only included ancient VIPs.
- The production made its Australian debut in 2000 receiving rave reviews from the Australian press and delighting audiences in Sydney and Melbourne.
- 1.1 [no object] (delight in) Take great pleasure in: they delight in playing tricksMore example sentences
take great pleasure, find great pleasure, glory, revel, luxuriate, wallow; adore, love, relish, savour, enjoy greatly, lap up• informal get a kick out of, have a thing about, get a buzz out of, get a thrill out of, get a charge out of, get off on, digNorth American • informal get a bang out of
- It keeps records of wrongs, delights in evil and rejoices in deception.
- But when we say that ‘This is who X really is’ we are in fact delighting in evil and rejoicing in a lie.
- I guess it's like this: The things I appreciated most and delighted in were simple.
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- 1Great pleasure: she took great delight in telling your storyMore example sentences
- He took great delight there to go to the bookbinders' shops and lie gaping on maps.
- He took great delight that she had already started her golf lessons.
- The place was overflowing the girls, squealing in delight, holding cameras and cheering.
- 1.1 [count noun] A cause or source of great pleasure: the trees here are a delightMore example sentences
- Meanwhile, the city has become a gleaming, shining pretty pearl in a box of pleasures and delights.
- All disciples of cinematic perversion know too well the delights of suffering in the face of intense pleasure.
- Bored of earthly delights, he takes his compulsion for pleasure to the nth degree.
Middle English: from Old French delitier (verb), delit (noun), from Latin delectare 'to charm', frequentative of delicere. The -gh- was added in the 16th century by association with light1.