joy [joi] (previously 12-25-15)
1. the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation: She felt the joy of seeing her son's success.
2. a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated: Her prose style is a pure joy.
3. the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety.
4. a state of happiness or felicity.
verb (used without object)
5. to feel joy; be glad; rejoice.
verb (used with object)
6. Obsolete. to gladden.
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4. bliss. See pleasure.
1. misery, unhappiness, sorrow, grief.
Origin: 1175-1225; Middle English joy (e) < Old French joie, joye < Late Latin gaudia, neuter plural (taken as feminine singular) of Latin gaudium joy, equivalent to gaud- (base of gaudere to be glad) + -ium -ium
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