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delightful

[dih-lahyt-fuh l] /dɪˈlaɪt fəl/
adjective
1.
giving great pleasure or delight; highly pleasing:
a delightful surprise.
Origin of delightful
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; delight + -ful
Related forms
delightfully, adverb
delightfulness, noun
undelightful, adjective
undelightfully, adverb
Synonyms
pleasant, pleasurable, enjoyable; charming, enchanting, delectable, agreeable.
Antonyms
disagreeable.
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  • Certainly they have an appearance of so doing which is delightfully deceptive.

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  • Some are delightfully ingenuous, with the lovable simplicity of the child.

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  • They followed each other intimately and delightfully in a long succession.

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  • They were, and the inscriptions were delightfully informal and friendly.

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  • It was a delightfully amusing trait in the German character.

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British Dictionary definitions for delightfully

delightful

/dɪˈlaɪtfʊl/
adjective
1.
giving great delight; very pleasing, beautiful, charming, etc
Derived Forms
delightfully, adverb
delightfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for delightfully

delightful

adj.

c.1400, from delight (n.) + -ful. Related: Delightfully.

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