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. noun
    a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction
    “his delight to see her was obvious to all”
    synonyms: delectation
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    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
  2. noun
    something or someone that provides a source of happiness
    “the new car is a delight
    synonyms: joy, pleasure
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    type of:
    positive stimulus
    a stimulus with desirable consequences
  3. verb
    take delight in
    “he delights in his granddaughter”
    synonyms: enjoy, revel
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    types:
    have a ball, have a good time
    enjoy oneself greatly
    wallow
    delight greatly in
    live it up
    enjoy oneself
  4. verb
    give pleasure to or be pleasing to
    synonyms: please
    please
    give satisfaction
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    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
  5. verb
    hold spellbound
    synonyms: enchant, enrapture, enthral, enthrall, ravish, transport
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    Antonyms:
    disenchant, disillusion
    free from enchantment
    type of:
    please
    give pleasure to or be pleasing to
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