Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being glad; a pleased or joyful condition of mind; cheerfulness; a feeling of joy and exhilaration, usually of a strong yet quiet and temperate character.
- n. Synonyms Gladness, Joy, Pleasure, Delight, Triumph. Gladness is less often used of a weak feeling than glad; it generally stands for a feeling that is strong but tranquil, and showing itself chiefly iu the face. Hence it is often used poetically of certain aspects of nature. Joy is more vivid and demonstrative. This distinction between gladness and joy is abundantly illustrated in the Bible. Pleasure is the most general of these words, representing all degrees of feeling, and vicious or harmful indulgence as well as harmless enjoyment. In its primary sense it indicates a feeling less distinctively cheerful than gladness and less profound or demonstrative than joy, but with much of glow. Delight is a high degree of pleasure; formerly the word was much used for low pleasure (see quotation from Milton under delight), but it has been redeemed so that it is now rarely used for anything but an ecstatic pleasure or joy. Triumph is often used for joy over success, especially joy in victory. All these words may express malign feelings, as joy in the adversities of a rival, except gladness, which generally expresses a pure and worthy feeling. See animation, mirth, hilarity, happiness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. State or quality of being glad; pleasure; joyful satisfaction; cheerfulness.
- n. experiencing joy and pleasure
- glad + -ness (Wiktionary)
“Tomorrow, repair to her at the old place and see what sign she maketh to thee; for indeed thy gladness is near and the end of thy sadness is at hand.”
“Shah went forth with her for a distance of three parasangs; after which he bade farewell to her and the Wazir and those with him, and returned to his home in gladness and safety.”
“And whether in gladness or in woe this is my prayer sincere –”
“When the clans heard in gladness his young fiery call”
“And John Thompson told Jees Uck, with a certain gladness ill concealed, that Bonner would never come back again.”
“They joyed, but the tongue of their gladness is dumb.”
“Those whose souls are sorrowful in the Lord, who sow in tears and sorrow after a godly sort, need not question but that in due time their souls shall be joyful in the Lord; for gladness is sown for them, and they shall at last enter into the joy of their Lord.”
“Take joy and gladness from the plentiful field, and you take it from the land of Moab, v. 33.”
“If the wine fail from the wine-presses, that used to be trodden with acclamations of joy, all their gladness is cut off.”
“Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God?”
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