One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounmass nounhumorous, formal
Pleasure and delight.‘they had all manner of rock 'n' roll goodies for our delectation’
enjoyment, gratification, delight, pleasure, happiness, satisfaction, relishView synonyms
- ‘And for your delight and delectation - you too can try it out here.’
- ‘The title in itself is a little misleading, for this delectation produced for our viewing pleasure is neither about love nor does it appear to have celebrities!’
- ‘Anyway, I've put a copy of the article and the review in the post for your delectation and amusement.’
- ‘And now, for your delight and delectation: My First Online Column.’
- ‘I've finally got together some new links for your pleasure and delectation.’
Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin delectatio(n-), from delectare ‘to charm’ (see delight).
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