What does the word gratification mean?

Usage examples for gratification

  1. To hide the embarrassment his gratification caused him he pulled out his watch and exclaimed: " Why, it's a quarter past six. – The Lion and the Mouse A Story of an American Life by Charles Klein
  2. Waram told me that he felt a shock of gratification before he heard the poet's voice behind him: What's this? – O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921 by Various
  3. This was the first opportunity I had had to show him how a rapid should be run, and I noted with gratification that he appeared to be slowing down so as to miss none of the fine points. – Down the Columbia by Lewis R. Freeman