delight

When you like someone, you might say, "She is an absolute delight." You mean you think she's great: a delight is a source of joy, and to delight is to cause pleasure. Babies are particularly good at expressing delight in new things.

Delight is often associated with an initial impression—one says, "She continues to delight us," to suggest that the first impression continues. The word delight derives from the Latin delectare "to charm," which also gives us delectable, and the same lighthearted sense of pure, uncomplicated pleasure.

Definitions of delight
1

n a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction

“his delight to see her was obvious to all”
Synonyms:
delectation
Types:
entrancement, ravishment
a feeling of delight at being filled with wonder and enchantment
amusement
a feeling of delight at being entertained
Schadenfreude
delight in another person's misfortune
Type of:
pleasance, pleasure
a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience

n something or someone that provides a source of happiness

“the new car is a delight
Synonyms:
joy, pleasure
Type of:
positive stimulus
a stimulus with desirable consequences

v take delight in

“he delights in his granddaughter”
Synonyms:
enjoy, revel
Types:
have a ball, have a good time
enjoy oneself greatly
wallow
delight greatly in
live it up
enjoy oneself

v give pleasure to or be pleasing to

Synonyms:
please
please
give satisfaction
Antonyms:
displease
give displeasure to
Types:
endear
make attractive or lovable
enchant, enrapture, enthral, enthrall, ravish, transport
hold spellbound
Type of:
gratify, satisfy
make happy or satisfied

v hold spellbound

Synonyms:
enchant, enrapture, enthral, enthrall, ravish, transport
Antonyms:
disenchant, disillusion
free from enchantment
Type of:
please
give pleasure to or be pleasing to

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