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See also: delícia



From dē- +‎ laciō (I snare, entice), probably via (very rare) dēliciō. Compare, in the sense of a corner beam, sublica; in the sense of a gutter, colliciae; in the sense of a sweetheart, dēliciae. The analogy is of gathering, whether of architectural thrust, water, or affection.



dēlicia f (genitive dēliciae); first declension

  1. The corner-beam supporting an edifice
  2. A gutter
  3. (very rare) Synonym of dēliciae
    c. 125 CE – 180 CE, Apuleius
    Et Critias mea delicia est.
    And Critias is my treasure.


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative dēlicia dēliciae
genitive dēliciae dēliciārum
dative dēliciae dēliciīs
accusative dēliciam dēliciās
ablative dēliciā dēliciīs
vocative dēlicia dēliciae

Derived terms[edit]


  • delicia in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “delicia”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • delicia” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to wanton in the pleasures of sense: deliciis diffluere
    • to be some one's favourite: in amore et deliciis esse alicui (active in deliciis habere aliquem)




  1. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present indicative of deliciar
  2. second-person singular (tu, sometimes used with você) affirmative imperative of deliciar



delicia f (plural delicias)

  1. delight
  2. pleasure

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