Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being gladsome; joy; pleasure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of experiencing joy and pleasure.

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  • noun archaic gladness

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  • noun experiencing joy and pleasure

Etymologies

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gladsome +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Mellow and fluent though they be, the utterances are not indicative of gladsomeness nor of a sprightly disposition; nor are they songs.

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island

  • The holy man was fearful lest so delicious an abode should enervate the minds of his disciples, that the vigor of their intellect, so requisite for penitential reflections, should become relaxed when surrounded by objects so pleasant to the senses; and lest that which inspired gladsomeness should make them lose the seriousness necessary in prayer, and deprive them of the spiritual delight which is felt therein.

    The Life and Legends of Saint Francis of Assisi

  • Of course they had every reason to carry that dreadful burden of sacrifice without very much gladsomeness in their hearts.

    Some Reflections on the War

  • Men who see the misery and despair produced by capitalism think with joy of the days to come when the misery and despair are replaced by gladsomeness and hope.

    The Common Sense of Socialism A Series of Letters Addressed to Jonathan Edwards, of Pittsburg

  • The holy man was fearful lest so delicious an abode should enervate the minds of his disciples, that the vigor of their intellect, so requisite for penitential reflections, should become relaxed when surrounded by objects so pleasant to the senses; and lest that which inspired gladsomeness should make them lose the seriousness necessary in prayer, and deprive them of the spiritual delight which is felt therein.

    The Life and Legends of Saint Francis of Assisi

  • She played a little Nevin, played it with a lightness, gladsomeness, he had never felt in her touch before.

    The Glory of the Conquered The Story of a Great Love

  • She played a little Nevin, played it with a lightness, gladsomeness, he had never felt in her touch before.

    The Glory of the Conquered The Story of a Great Love

  • She played a little Nevin, played it with a lightness, gladsomeness, he had never felt in her touch before.

    The Glory of the Conquered The Story of a Great Love

  • In these more sensuous moods he is so filled with the simple Chaucerian gladsomeness of spring that he can sing, or make one of his characters sing -- for after all, his characters are but so many sides of himself --

    Platform Monologues

  • It was the gladsomeness of innocence that he had seen dancing in the moonlight.

    The Little Minister

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