De*light" (?), n. [OE. delit,
OF. delit, deleit, fr. delitier, to delight. See
Delight, v. t.] 1. A
high degree of gratification of mind; a high- wrought state of
pleasurable feeling; lively pleasure; extreme satisfaction;
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and
hurt not. Shak.
A fool hath no delight in
understanding. Prov. xviii. 2.
2. That which gives great pleasure or
Heaven's last, best gift, my ever new
3. Licentious pleasure; lust. [Obs.]
De*light", v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Delighted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Delighting.] [OE. deliten, OF. delitier,
deleitier, F. délecter, fr. L. delectare
to entice away, to delight (sc. by attracting or alluring), intens.
of delicere to allure, delight; de- + lacere to
entice, allure; cf. laqueus a snare. Cf. Delectate,
Delicate, Delicious, Dilettante, Elicit,
Lace.] To give delight to; to affect with great pleasure;
to please highly; as, a beautiful landscape delights the eye;
harmony delights the ear.
Inventions to delight the taste.
Delight our souls with talk of knightly
De*light", v. i. To have or take
great delight or pleasure; to be greatly pleased or rejoiced; --
followed by an infinitive, or by in.
Love delights in praises.
I delight to do thy will, O my
God. Ps. xl. 8.