1. splendour, light, brightness Snp.548 (su˚ very splendid; Snp-a.453 = sundara-sarīrappabha).
  2. inclination, liking, pleasure Pv-a.59 (˚ṃ uppādeti to find pleasure, to be satisfied)
    aruci aversion, dislike Thig.472
    ruci object of pleasure Ja.v.371
    ruciyā (abl.) in the pleasure (of), by the liking (of) (cp. No. 3), in phrases attano ruciyā (attano citta-ruciyā: so read for ˚ruciyaṃ!); as one pleases, by one’s own free will, ad lib. Ja.i.106; Ja.iv.281; Pv-a.59 parassa r. pavattati to live by the pleasure (gratiâ) of somebody else, i.e. to be dependent on others DN-a.i.212
    yathā ruciṃ according to liking or satisfaction fully, amply Mhvs.4, Mhvs.43; Mhvs.5, Mhvs.230; Pv-a.88, Pv-a.126, Pv-a.242.
  3. In dogmatic language used in the sense of “will” or “influence” in combination diṭṭhi, khanti, ruci one’s views indulgence & pleasure (= will), i.e. one’s intellectual emotional & volitional sphere, e.g. Vin.i.70; Snp.781 (without khanti, but see defn at Mnd.65); also with saddhā, anussavo, ākāraparivitakke, diṭṭhinijjhānakhanti MN.ii.170, MN.ii.218; MN.ii.234; contrasted with dhamma DN.iii.40; Vb.245 (in defn of “idha”: cp. same at Pts.i.176 and Cnd.145), Vb.325, Vb.328. aññatra ruciyā under the influence of someone else’s will SN.ii.115; SN.iv.138 See also bhāva 2a.

fr. ruc, cp. Vedic ruc (f.) light, Classic Sk. ruci in meaning “pleasure”