Definitions of delight

  1. a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction; " his delight to see her was obvious to all"
  2. hold spellbound
  3. something or someone that provides pleasure; a source of happiness; " a joy to behold"; " the pleasure of his company"; " the new car is a delight"
  4. take delight in; " he delights in his granddaughter"
  5. give pleasure to; be pleasing to
  6. give pleasure to or be pleasing to; " These colors please the senses"; " a pleasing sensation"
  7. A high degree of gratification of mind; a high- wrought state of pleasurable feeling; lively pleasure; extreme satisfaction; joy.
  8. That which gives great pleasure or delight.
  9. Licentious pleasure; lust.
  10. To give delight to; to affect with great pleasure; to please highly; as, a beautiful landscape delights the eye; harmony delights the ear.
  11. To have or take great delight or pleasure; to be greatly pleased or rejoiced; - followed by an infinitive, or by in.
  12. To gratify or please greatly; charm.
  13. Be highly gratified or pleased: with in.
  14. An extreme degree of pleasure; high satisfaction; joy.
  15. To please highly.
  16. To have or take great pleasure: to be greatly pleased.
  17. A high degree of pleasure: extreme satisfaction: that which gives great pleasure.
  18. Great joy or pleasure.
  19. To have great pleasure.
  20. To please greatly.
  21. To please or gratify highly; charm.
  22. To rejoice; followed by in or an infinitive.
  23. Joyful satisfaction, or that which affords it.
  24. A high degree of pleasure or satisfaction; that which gives great pleasure.
  25. To be greatly pleased or rejoiced. See Delicate.
  26. To please highly; to give or afford high satisfaction; to have great pleasure in.

Antonyms for delight

nauseate, agitation, irk, chivy, repine, aversion, dumps, rile, upset, ache, dissatisfaction, croak, anathema, disturbance, miff, disgruntle, bother, Tut, bugbear, ire, anger, heartsickness, hair-shirt, weigh down, Miserableness, angriness, aggravate, disenchant, displease, throe, woe, dolefulness, suffer, dispiritedness, disquiet, forlornness, villainy, evil, wrathfulness, wickedness, nettle, madden, bore, depress, deplore, distract, enrage, mortification, grieve, disturb, inconvenience, exasperation, heartbreak, tsk-tsk, offense, headache, vex, abhorrence, aggro, busy, misery, squeal, irateness, nuisance, bleed, discommode, irritation, distress, heartache, complain, rankle, dudgeon, disconsolateness, drag, discontentedness, hassle, sadness, annoyance, indignation, blue devils, hate, mourn, doldrums, disappointment, Bete Noire, affliction, unhappiness, persecute, discontentment, choler, furor, botheration, mopes, displeasure, torture, maunder, despond, discontent, grief, iniquity, peeve, pester, anguish, grizzle, inveigh, depression, weary, chafe, pest, appall, gloominess, madness, aggravation, lividity, paroxysm, eat, umbrage, dolor, uneasiness, desolation, repent, vexation, humiliation, torment, deprecate, wrath, oppress, sorriness, twinge, fury, incommode, party pooper, pique, oppression, agonize, thorn, disillusion, inflame, blues, glumness, disoblige, disgust, melancholy, dejection, turn off, discomfort, bane, steam up, put off, annoy, outrage, deject, irritate, abuse, downer, wound, sadden, scourge, dreariness, dissatisfy, shake up, rage, discomposure, despondence, detestation, reprove, resentment, crime, disaffect, mood, downheartedness, frustration, horror, offend, tire, get down, irritant, bewail, pain, pang, antipathy, huff, grate, despondency, nemesis, abomination, agony, execration, Birse, gloom, bemoan, exasperate, gross out, chagrin, restlessness, joylessness, sicken, roil, yawp, tut-tut, bummer, hatred, sorrowfulness, curse, spleen, repel, mournfulness, gehenna, caterwaul, lividness, wretchedness, plague, growl, suffering, sorrow, killjoy.

Quotes of delight

  1. I have devoted my energies to the study of the scriptures, observing monastic discipline, and singing the daily services in church; study, teaching, and writing have always been my delight – Venerable Bede
  2. However, without considering this connection, there is no doubt but that more good than evil, more delight than sorrow, arises from compassion itself; there being so many things which balance the sorrow of it. – Joseph Butler
  3. As for plenty, we had not only for necessity, conveniency and decency, but for delight and pleasure to superfluity. – Margaret Cavendish
  4. The Goddess of Old Europe and Ancient Crete represented the unity of life in nature, delight in the diversity of form, the powers of birth, death and regeneration. – Carol P. Christ
  5. Intelligence is nothing without delight – Paul Claudel
  6. Children will not pretend to be enjoying books, and they will not read books because they have been told that these books are good. They are looking for delight – Helen Dunmore
  7. Riches do not delight us so much with their possession, as torment us with their loss. – Dick Gregory
  8. Mysticism and exaggeration go together. A mystic must not fear ridicule if he is to push all the way to the limits of humility or the limits of delight – Milan Kundera
  9. Books minister to our knowledge, to our guidance, and to our delight by their truth, their uprightness, and their art. – George Henry Lewes
  10. I'm growing old, I delight in the past. – Henri Matisse
  11. Imagination, the supreme delight of the immortal and the immature, should be limited. In order to enjoy life, we should not enjoy it too much. – Vladimir Nabokov
  12. God created me to delight people with my goals. – Romario
  13. There is much boasting among the young men about their teams as their horse and carts in Cleveland. Most of the Yorkshire men take as much delight in their ox draught as they used to do in their Horse Draught. – Nathaniel Smith
  14. What more felicity can fall to creature, than to enjoy delight with liberty? – Edmund Spenser

Usage examples for delight

  1. It was a delight to me to be so near her. – Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  2. He shrugged his shoulders and laughed in great delight – The Title Market by Emily Post
  3. You can imagine my delight – Drift from Two Shores by Bret Harte
  4. I gave a shout of delight – A Bicycle of Cathay by Frank R. Stockton
  5. But Ayala's great delight was in meeting her sister. – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  6. In great delight the man and his wife said, How can we reward you? – Household Tales by Brothers Grimm by Grimm Brothers
  7. What girl of nine does not delight in such an experience as spending the night with a friend? – A Dear Little Girl at School by Amy E. Blanchard
  8. Both men gave a cry of delight – Clementina by A.E.W. Mason
  9. I exclaimed in delight – A Village of Vagabonds by F. Berkeley Smith
  10. Miss Sibley was about to reply, but stared, and delight sprang to her lips in a quick cry. – The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  11. Miss Hyde, I own it, lies a'n't my delight but I can tell 'em. – Wives and Widows; or The Broken Life by Ann S. Stephens
  12. She made an exclamation of delight – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  13. Miss Crilly was there and heard the news with delight – Polly and the Princess by Emma C. Dowd
  14. The boy made any number of friends, but above all, he took his greatest delight in knowing that he had really found the work that he wanted to do, and in trying as hard as he could to fit himself for it. – The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  15. Siegmund watched it with wonder and delight – The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence
  16. And I echoed her wish with a keen delight – The Harbor by Ernest Poole
  17. To be alone with the girl to whom he is not engaged is a man's delight to be alone with the man to whom she is engaged is the woman's. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  18. To the delight of the girls, the call was put through. – Hoofbeats on the Turnpike by Mildred A. Wirt
  19. Take thy pleasure to- day; Mind thee of joy and delight – Ancient Egypt by George Rawlinson Other: Arthur Gilman

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