Delight vs Mirth - What's the difference?

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Delight is a synonym of mirth.


As nouns the difference between delight and mirth

is that delight is joy; pleasure while mirth is the emotion usually following humour and accompanied by laughter; merriment; jollity; gaiety.

As a verb delight

is to give delight to; to affect with great pleasure; to please highly.

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delight

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • Joy; pleasure.
  • * Bible, Proverbs xviii. 2
  • A fool hath no delight in understanding.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=52, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The new masters and commanders , passage=From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts. For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub lie a stumble away.}}
  • Something that gives great joy or pleasure.
  • * Milton:
  • Heaven's last, best gift, my ever new delight .
  • * (Greensleeves):
  • Greensleeves was all my joy / Greensleeves was my delight,

    Derived terms

    * undelight * delightful

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To give delight to; to affect with great pleasure; to please highly.
  • * Tennyson
  • Delight our souls with talk of knightly deeds.
  • (label) To have or take great pleasure
  • Derived terms

    * delight in

    Anagrams

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    mirth

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The emotion usually following humour and accompanied by laughter; merriment; jollity; gaiety.
  • * 1883 ,
  • And he began to laugh again, and that so heartily, that, though I did not see the joke as he did, I was again obliged to join him in his mirth.
  • *, title=The Mirror and the Lamp
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, […]—all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth , and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.}}
  • * 1912 , :
  • Their eyes met and they began to laugh. They laughed as children do when they cannot contain themselves, and can not explain the cause of their mirth to grown people, but share it perfectly together.
  • That which causes merriment.
  • * 1922 ,
  • Phantasmal mirth , folded away: muskperfumed.

    Synonyms

    * (emotion) delight, glee, hilarity, jollity

    Antonyms

    * (emotion) sadness, gloom

    Derived terms

    * mirthful * mirthfulness * mirthless * mirthlessly * mirthlessness