De*li"cious(?), a. [OF. delicieus, F. dlicieux, L. deliciosus, fr. deliciae delight, fr. delicere to allure. See Delight.] 1. Affording exquisite pleasure; delightful; most sweet or grateful to the senses, especially to the taste; charming.
Some delicious landscape.Coleridge.
One draught of spring's delicious air.Keble.
Were not his words delicious?Tennyson.
2. Addicted to pleasure; seeking enjoyment; luxurious; effeminate.
Others, lastly, of a more delicious and airy spirit, retire themselves to the enjoyments of ease and luxury.Milton.
Syn. -- Delicious, Delightful. Delicious refers to the pleasure derived from certain of the senses, particularly the taste and smell; as,
delicious food; a delicious fragrance. Delightful may also refer to most of the senses (as, delightful music; a delightful prospect; delightful sensations), but has a higher application to matters of taste, feeling, and sentiment; as, a
delightful abode, conversation, employment; delightful scenes, etc.
Like the rich fruit he sings, delicious in decay.Smith.
No spring, nor summer, on the mountain seen,Addison.
Smiles with gay fruits or with delightful green.
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