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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Delectacioun, -atioun, n. Also: -lictatioun, -lectation(e, dilectac(i)oun. [ME. delectaciun (early 14th c.), -acioun, -acyone, etc., OF. delectation, L. dēlectātio.] Delight, enjoyment. 1456 Hay I. 86/9.
Chos of desyre cummys of plesaunce and of delectacioun
Ib. II. 88/15.
All evill delectaciounis
a1500 Henr. Orph. 37 (A).
Euterpe, In our langage gud delictatioun
Ib. 450. 1490 Irland Mir. I. 53/7.
Inclinand him to carnale plesaunce and dilectacioune
1492 Myll Spect. 271/2.
The spektakle of luf or delectatioun of luf of wemen
a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 47.
Himself to keip in occupacioun Quhairon the spirit hes delectacioun
1531 Bell. Boece II. 83.
It is writtin that Arthure tuke gret delectatioun in wersling of strang kempis
(a1568 Henr.) Bann. MS. 300 b/282.
Quhen the saull … Giffis consent in delectatioun
1596 Dalr. I. 17/14.
The brig [of Glasgow] … haveng 8 bowis is ane gret delectatione to the lukeris vpon it

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