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delightful

[dih-lahyt-fuh l]
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adjective
  1. giving great pleasure or delight; highly pleasing: a delightful surprise.
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Origin of delightful

First recorded in 1520–30; delight + -ful
Related formsde·light·ful·ly, adverbde·light·ful·ness, nounun·de·light·ful, adjectiveun·de·light·ful·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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pleasant, pleasurable, enjoyable; charming, enchanting, delectable, agreeable.

Antonyms

disagreeable.
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Examples from the Web for undelightful

Historical Examples

  • The walk from one mansion to the other was no undelightful prelude to our interviews.

    Wieland; or The Transformation

    Charles Brockden Brown

  • He is a dispeopler of his kingdom and a prey to his enemies, an undelightful friend and a tormentor of himself.

  • Such a thought gives, as it ought, to this life an awful, but not undelightful significance.

  • Undelightful; note this especially, for it is the peculiar character of etching that it cannot render beauty.


British Dictionary definitions for undelightful

delightful

adjective
  1. giving great delight; very pleasing, beautiful, charming, etc
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Derived Formsdelightfully, adverbdelightfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for undelightful

delightful

adj.

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

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