undelight

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Etymology[edit]

un- +‎ delight

Noun[edit]

undelight (countable and uncountable, plural undelights)

  1. (uncountable) The condition or feeling of lacking delight; unhappiness or displeasure.
    • 1907, Virgil, The Æneid (trans. E. Fairfax Taylor), J. M. Dent & Sons (1910):
      Loud rise the sounds of sorrow, day and night,
      Where friends, clasped close in lingering undelight,
      Weep at the thought of parting. Matrons, ay,
  2. (countable) Something unpleasant or displeasing.
    • 1931, Esther Frayne Hayes, At Home in China, W. Neale (1931), page 82:
      Along with the jollity of the trip from Tsing Hua into Peking are many undelights.

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