Joy
Joy Joy (joi), n. [OE. joye, OF. joye, joie, goie, F. joie, L. gaudia, pl. of gaudium joy, fr. gaudere to rejoice, to be glad; cf. Gr. gai`ein to rejoice, gay^ros proud. Cf. {Gaud}, {Jewel}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; pleasurable feelings or emotions caused by success, good fortune, and the like, or by a rational prospect of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exhilaration of spirits; delight. [1913 Webster]

Her heavenly form beheld, all wished her joy. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Glides the smooth current of domestic joy. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

Who, for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame. --Heb. xii. 2. [1913 Webster]

Tears of true joy for his return. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Joy is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

2. That which causes joy or happiness. [1913 Webster]

For ye are our glory and joy. --1 Thess. ii. 20. [1913 Webster]

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. --Keats. [1913 Webster]

3. The sign or exhibition of joy; gayety; mirth; merriment; festivity. [1913 Webster]

Such joy made Una, when her knight she found. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The roofs with joy resound. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Note: Joy is used in composition, esp. with participles, to from many self-explaining compounds; as, joy-bells, joy-bringing, joy-inspiring, joy-resounding, etc.

Syn: Gladness; pleasure; delight; happiness; exultation; transport; felicity; ecstasy; rapture; bliss; gayety; mirth; merriment; festivity; hilarity. [1913 Webster]


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