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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section II. Personal Affections
1. Passive Affections

829. [Capability of Giving Pleasure.] Pleasurableness.

   NOUN:PLEASURABLENESS, pleasantness, agreeableness &c. adj.; pleasure giving, jucundity [rare], jocundity, delectability; amusement [See Amusement]; goodness [See Goodness]; manna in the wilderness, land flowing with milk and honey, “the shadow of a great rock in a weary land” [Bible]; flowery beds of ease; fair weather.
  treat; regale &c. (physical pleasure) [See Physical Pleasure]; sweets (sugar) [See Sweetness]; dainty, bonne bouche [F.], titbit or tidbit; sweets, sweetmeats, nuts, sauce piquante [F.], salt, savor; a sight for sore eyes [colloq.].
  ATTRACTION (motive) [See Motive]; attractiveness, attractability [rare], attractableness; invitingness &c. adj.; charm, fascination, captivation, enchantment, witchery, seduction, winning ways, amenity, amiability; winsomeness; loveliness (beauty) [See Beauty]; sunny side, bright side.
   VERB:DELIGHT, charm, becharm, imparadise; gladden &c. (make cheerful) [See Cheerfulness]; win -, gladden -, rejoice -, warm the cockles of- the heart; do one’s heart good; bless, beatify; take, captivate, fascinate; enchant, entrance, enrapture, transport, bewitch, ravish, enravish.
  cause -, produce -, create -, give -, afford -, procure -, offer -, present -, yield- pleasure [See Pleasure].
  PLEASE, satisfy, gratify, – desire [See Desire]; slake, satiate, quench; indulge, humor, flatter, tickle; tickle the palate (savory) [See Savoriness]; regale, refresh; enliven; treat; amuse [See Amusement]; take -, tickle -, hit- one’s fancy; meet one’s wishes.
  ATTRACT, allure (move) [See Motive]; stimulate (excite) [See Excitation]; interest.
  MAKE THINGS PLEASANT, make everyone feel happy, popularize, gild the pill, sweeten; smooth -, pour oil upon- the troubled waters.
   ADJECTIVE:PLEASURABLE, causing pleasure &c. v.; lætificant; pleasure-giving; pleasing, pleasant, amiable, agreeable, grateful, gratifying; lief or leef [obs.], acceptable; dear, beloved; welcome, – as the roses in May; welcomed; favorite; to one’s taste, – mind, – liking; satisfactory (good) [See Goodness].
  REFRESHING; comfortable; cordial; genial; glad, gladsome; sweet, delectable, nice, dainty; delicate, delicious; dulcet; luscious [See Sweetness]; palatable [See Savoriness].
  LUXURIOUS, voluptuous; sensual [See Physical Pleasure].
  ATTRACTIVE [See Motive]; inviting, prepossessing, engaging; winning, winsome; taking, fascinating, captivating, killing [colloq.]; seducing, seductive; heart-robbing; alluring, enticing; appetizing (exciting) [See Excitation]; cheering [See Cheerfulness]; bewitching; enchanting, entrancing, enravishing.
  DELIGHTFUL, charming, felicitous, exquisite; lovely (beautiful) [See Beauty]; ravishing, rapturous; heartfelt, thrilling, ecstatic, beatific or beatifical, seraphic; empyrean; paradisaic or paradisaical; elysian (heavenly) [See Heaven].
  PALMY, halcyon, Saturnian.
   ADVERB:TO ONE’S DELIGHT, to one’s heart’s content, in utter satisfaction; at one’s ease; in clover; in heaven, in paradise, in elysium; from a full heart.
  1. Decies repetita placebit.
  2. Charms strike the sight but merit wins the soul.—Pope
  3. Sweetness and light.—Swift
  4. When you speak, sweet, I’d have you do it ever.—Winter’s Tale