Revel means to take great pleasure. If you revel in something, you're not just pleased or even excited; you're overwhelmed by joy.

It used to mean riotous merry-making. Now it means to bask in the self-reflected glow of your own pleasure. You revel in your victory lap after winning the race. Your brother is constantly on your case for being clumsy, so when he knocks down a table filled with glassware, you revel in it. Think of it as a high level of pleasure.

Definitions of revel

v take delight in

delight, enjoy
have a ball, have a good time
enjoy oneself greatly
delight greatly in
live it up
enjoy oneself

v celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities

jollify, make happy, make merry, make whoopie, racket, wassail, whoop it up
carouse, riot, roister
engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking
Type of:
celebrate, fete
have a celebration

n unrestrained merrymaking

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binge, bout, bust, tear
an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
bender, booze-up, carousal, carouse, toot
revelry in drinking; a merry drinking party
bacchanal, bacchanalia, debauch, debauchery, drunken revelry, orgy, riot, saturnalia
a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
noisy and boisterous revelry
vulgar expression for a bout of heavy drinking
Type of:
conviviality, jollification, merrymaking
a boisterous celebration; a merry festivity

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