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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


From Middle French gratification, from Latin grātificātiō, from Latin gratificare ‎(to do a favor to, oblige, please, gratify), from gratus ‎(kind, pleasing) + facere ‎(to make).



gratification ‎(plural gratifications)

  1. The act of gratifying, or pleasing, either the mind, the taste, or the appetite; as, the gratification of the palate, of the appetites, of the senses, of the desires, of the heart.
  2. That which affords pleasure; satisfaction; enjoyment; fruition: delight.
  3. A reward; a recompense; a gratuity.


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