Delight \De*light"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delighted; p. pr. &
vb. n. Delighting.] [OE. deliten, OF. delitier, deleitier,
F. d['e]lecter, fr. L. delectare to entice away, to delight
(sc. by attracting or alluring), intens. of delicere to
allure, delight; de- + lacere to entice, allure; cf. laqueus
a snare. Cf. Delectate, Delicate, Delicious,
Dilettante, Elicit, Lace.]
To give delight to; to affect with great pleasure; to please
highly; as, a beautiful landscape delights the eye; harmony
delights the ear.
Inventions to delight the taste. --Shak.
Delight our souls with talk of knightly deeds.
Delight \De*light"\, v. i.
To have or take great delight or pleasure; to be greatly
pleased or rejoiced; -- followed by an infinitive, or by in.
Love delights in praises. --Shak.
I delight to do thy will, O my God. --Ps. xl. 8.
Delight \De*light"\, n. [OE. delit, OF. delit, deleit, fr.
delitier, to delight. See Delight, v. t.]
1. A high degree of gratification of mind; a high- wrought
state of pleasurable feeling; lively pleasure; extreme
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt
A fool hath no delight in understanding. --Prov.
2. That which gives great pleasure or delight.
Heaven's last, best gift, my ever new delight.
3. Licentious pleasure; lust. [Obs.] --Chaucer.