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REL'ISH, noun

1. Taste; or rather, a pleasing taste; that sensation of the organs which is experienced when we take food or drink of an agreeable flavor. Different persons have different relishes. relish is often natural, and often the effect of habit.

2. Liking; delight; appetite.

We have such a relish for faction, as to have lost that of wit.

3. Sense; the faculty of perceiving excellence; taste; as a relish for fine writing, or a relish of fine writing. Addison uses both of and for after relish

4. That which gives pleasure; the power of pleasing.

When liberty is gone, life grows insipid and has lost its relish

5. Cast; manner.

It preserves some relish of old writing.

6. Taste; a small quantity just perceptible.

Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude, I have no relish of them.

REL'ISH, verb transitive

1. To give an agreeable taste to.

A sav'ry bit that serv'd to relish wine.

2. To like the taste of; as, to relish venison.

3. To be gratified with the enjoyment or use of.

He knows how to prize his advantages and to relish the honors which he enjoys.

Men of nice palates would not relish Aristotle, as dressed up by the schoolmen.

REL'ISH, verb intransitive

1. To have a pleasing taste. The greatest dainties do not always relish

2. To give pleasure.

Had I been the finder-out of this secret, it would not have relished among my other discredits.

3. To have a flavor.

A theory which, how much soever it may relish of wit and invention, hath no foundation in nature.