delicious

\ \ [13] The underlying meaning of delicious is ‘tempting, luring one aside from the straight and narrow’. It comes via Old French delicious from late Latin dēliciōsus, a derivative of Latin dēliciadelight’. This in turn was formed from dēlicereentice away’, a compound verb made from the prefix - ‘away’ and lacerelure, deceive’ (source also of English elicit and related to lace, lasso, and possibly latch). Latin dēlectāre, a derivative of dēlicere denoting repeated action, produced Old French delit, source of English delight [13], and Italian dilettante, literally ‘lover’, borrowed by English in the 18th century in the positive sense ‘someone who takes delight in fine art’.
\ \ Cf.DELIGHT, DILETTANTE, ELICIT, LACE, LASSO

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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