delectation

noun
de·​lec·​ta·​tion | \ ˌdē-ˌlek-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce delectation (audio) , di-; ˌde-lək- \

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Here is some chocolate for your delectation. tourists enjoying the delectations of this tropical paradise for the first time
Recent Examples on the Web One large specimen, displayed regally on a tray, is taken out for public delectation like a Renoir painting, and a crowd lines up for the privilege of taking a brief sniff. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Holy Allure of the Truffle," 5 Mar. 2021 Sometimes the style seems intentionally self-parodying, as if to say this is a collection of classic cinema tropes offered for the delectation of audiences who really have seen it all. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Cherry’ Review: Twisted by Combat, Broken at Home," 11 Mar. 2021 Lovers Rock continues the New York Film Festival’s late emphasis on racial politics that, since Precious (2009) and The 13th (2015), has been geared to the delectation of Manhattan’s Upper West Side liberals. Armond White, National Review, "The Sneaky Exoticism of Lovers Rock," 18 Sep. 2020 The last turn of the screw is your aesthetic delectation. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Goya and the Art of Survival," 14 Sep. 2020 Here's this week's Who's Hot and Who's Not for your delectation... SI.com, "Premier League Fantasy Football: Who's Hot and Who's Not in Gameweek 7," 27 Sep. 2019 This is a case where a woman’s nudity is presented for women’s delectation, not men’s. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Fifty Shades Freed Is a Pleasure. Just Don’t Call It a Guilty One," 8 Feb. 2018 The only pleasures remaining to the audience are the brief delectation of the flowing pre-Raphaelite hair of Beauty (Leslie Keller) and a lame joke about prosopagnosia. Dan Jakes, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Performing Arts / Theater The best and rest of Rhinofest," 8 Feb. 2018 Manchester City's Belgian maestro Kevin de Bruyne signed a new five-year-contract on Monday; to the delectation of the fans. SI.com, "In Case You Didn't Know: Incredible Stats Show Kevin de Bruyne Is Europe's Best Goal Provider," 23 Jan. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Delectation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delectation. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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delectation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of delectation

formal : pleasure or enjoyment

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