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[dee-lek-tey-shuh n] /ˌdi lɛkˈteɪ ʃən/
delight; enjoyment.
Origin of delectation
1350-1400; Middle English delectacioun < Latin dēlectātiōn- (stem of dēlectātiō), equivalent to dēlectāt(us) (see delectate) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • To spin yarns for Charley's delectation would have been absurd.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • And brought there expressly for your delectation, I suppose.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • After dinner she continued the recital of her adventures for the Master's delectation.

    The Belovd Vagabond William J. Locke
  • She came in pretending to beat an imaginary horse, for the delectation of Meta.

    The Shadow of Ashlydyat

    Mrs. Henry Wood
  • They were reserved for the delectation of the sovereign and his court.

    Old and New Paris, v. 1 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • A new celebrity had risen for the delectation of the fickle populace.

    The Eternal Boy Owen Johnson
  • Such is the appetising menu which dust furnishes for our delectation.

    Bacteria in Daily Life Mrs. Percy Frankland
  • From what we could gather, Gerda seemed to be "dressing up" for the delectation of her guests.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • My words had been addressed to Letitia, but they were selfishly designed for my own delectation.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • He was intent upon the dish that O'Deigh and Wantage had prepared for his delectation.

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
British Dictionary definitions for delectation


pleasure; enjoyment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for delectation

mid-14c., from Old French delectation "enjoyment" (12c.), from Latin delectationem (nominative delectatio), noun of action from past participle stem of delectare (see delight (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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