delectation

[ dee-lek-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌdi lɛkˈteɪ ʃən /

noun

delight; enjoyment.

Origin of delectation

1350–1400; Middle English delectacioun < Latin dēlectātiōn- (stem of dēlectātiō), equivalent to dēlectāt(us) (see delectate) + -iōn- -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for delectation

delectation

/ (ˌdiːlɛkˈteɪʃən) /

noun

pleasure; enjoyment
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Word Origin and History for delectation

delectation


n.

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.)).

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