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(See the entry for gratification in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


From Latin grātificātiō either directly or through Middle French gratification, from Latin grātificō (to do a favor to, oblige, please, gratify), from grātus (kind, pleasing) + faciō (to make).


  • IPA(key): /ˌɡɹætɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
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  • Hyphenation: grat‧i‧fi‧ca‧tion
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


gratification (countable and uncountable, plural gratifications)

  1. (countable) The act of gratifying, or pleasing, either the mind, the taste, or the appetite.
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 161:
      Many of the so-called rites of these secret societies were so patently ridiculous, that it is quite obvious that they were merely an excuse for men and women to indulge in sex-play and lustful gratification, frequently of an abnormal kind.
    the gratification of the palate
    the gratification of the heart
  2. (uncountable) A feeling of pleasure; satisfaction
    Synonyms: enjoyment, fruition, delight
  3. (countable) A reward; a gratuity.


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gratification f (plural gratifications)

  1. gratification

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