One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘her lack of reserve delighted him’
please greatly, charm, enchant, captivate, entrance, bewitch, thrill, excite, take someone's breath away
gladden, gratify, appeal to, do someone's heart good, entertain, amuse, divert
informal send, tickle, give someone a buzz, give someone a kick, tickle pink, bowl over
dismay, displease, disgust
2‘Fabia delighted in his touch’
take great pleasure, find great pleasure, glory, revel, luxuriate, wallow
adore, love, relish, savour, enjoy greatly, lap up
informal get a kick out of, have a thing about, get a buzz out of, get a thrill out of, get a charge out of, get off on, dig
North American informal get a bang out of
1‘she squealed with delight’
pleasure, happiness, joy, joyfulness, glee, gladness, gratification, relish, excitement, amusement
bliss, rapture, ecstasy, elation, euphoria
transports of delight
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