Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being joyous.

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  • noun the state of being joyous

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  • noun the emotion of great happiness

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Examples

  • His joyousness is the reflection _in feeling_ of a conviction as to the nature of things, which he had verified in the darkest details of human life, and established for himself in the face of the gravest objections that his intellect was able to call forth.

    Browning as a Philosophical and Religious Teacher

  • These were heady days, filled with the kind of joyousness and pride I had believed just a few months prior to be non-existent in worlds like my own.

    Bougainvillea

  • "It can be a kind of joyousness, an embrace of melancholy that defeats it," he said.

    Fearlessness and Fidelity

  • She had that rare joyousness which is contagious, making all who come within its influence merry like itself; and with her wildest laughter and her most careless jests, a maiden simpleness and grace was mingled which made the "judicious" who had "grieved" before as much her admirers as the ruffled and powdered fine gentlemen who bowed and smiled and whispered to her as she moved.

    The Youth of Jefferson A Chronicle of College Scrapes at Williamsburg, in Virginia, A.D. 1764

  • It is only later in the day, when the buds are all full and the flowers ready to open, that we see the sudden gush of life and joyousness which is indeed at that moment almost magical in its beautiful effects.

    Rural Hours

  • In Hos.ii. 13 (11) we read, "I make an end of all your joy, your feasts, your new moons and your Sabbaths," that is to say, the last-named share with the first the happy joyousness which is impossible in the exile which Jehovah threatens.

    Prolegomena

  • a strange kind of joyousness that mystified the Dixons; but Eustace looked hard at Nesta and nodded meaningly.

    Queensland Cousins

  • I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have the light joyousness of springtime, which never lets anyone suspect the labors it has cost.

    Painting

  • On record, Martin has yet to match the joyousness of that moment; there is something about his music that steadfastly resists any attempts to make it interesting.

    Ricky Martin's 'Musica + Alma + Sexo' and George Michael's 'Faith'

  • On record, Martin has yet to match the joyousness of that moment; there is something about his music that steadfastly resists any attempts to make it interesting.

    Album reviews: George Michael, "Faith" and Ricky Martin, "Musica + Alma + Sexo"

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