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Definition to take delight in


to party — especially in a noisy way

More rarely today (though common in classic literature), revel can be used as a noun that is a synonym for party — as when Shakespeare wrote "I delight in masques and revels sometimes."
  • She reveled in her freedom.
reveled = took delight in
  • The team reveled in their victory.
  • They reveled until dawn.
  • And the revel went whirlingly on, until at length there commenced the sounding of midnight upon the clock.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • revel = party
  • But I will wed thee in another key,
    With pomp, with triumph, and with revelling.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • revelling = to take delight in; or to party
    (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans do not repeat the "L" prior to adding the "ING".)
  • Our revels now are ended.
    William Shakespeare
  • And the revel went whirlingly on, until at length there commenced the sounding of midnight upon the clock.
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  The Raven
  • He does not revel in romantic solitude.
    Jerome, Jerome K.  --  Three Men In A Boat (To Say Nothing Of The Dog)
  • His chief pleasure and delight was in the children, with whom he was a child himself, and master of the revels.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • While the smee reveled in his wit, Max caught sight of a large figure making its way carefully down the many stairs from Rowan's cliffs.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • How I used to revel in such bitter little snobberies myself; how eay they were, once.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • I curtsied, reveling in her fury.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • My toes clutch the tiny blades, revel in the softness and the damp earth beneath my feet.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • Duane reveled in Lawson's condition.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • She might have been dead to all earthy things and reveling in spirit in the glory of the physical that had escaped her in life.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • Archie reveled in the moment, basking in Carter's admiration, Carter who had humiliated him at The Vigils meeting.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • I ate everything up, not quickly, but reveling in the taste, the flavors lush on my tongue.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • When they're a little unstrung, they revel in it.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • So I rejoiced, smoking. drinking and reveling in the light of that which had occurred.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • His revels are tame compared to what I can do.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena

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