Let's Compare Gladness and Joy


Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.

gladness n : experiencing joy and pleasure [syn: {gladfulness}, {gladsomeness}]

55 Moby Thesaurus words for "gladness": beatification, beatitude, bewitchment, blessedness, bliss, blissfulness, blitheness, blithesomeness, brightness, cheer, cheerfulness, cheeriness, cheery vein, cloud nine, delectation, delight, ecstasy, ecstatics, elation, enchantment, eupeptic mien, exaltation, exhilaration, exuberance, felicity, gaiety, geniality, gladsomeness, glee, good cheer, happiness, heaven, high spirits, hopefulness, intoxication, joy, joyance, joyfulness, optimism, overhappiness, overjoyfulness, paradise, pleasantness, radiance, rapture, ravishment, rosy expectation, sanguine humor, sanguineness, seventh heaven, sunniness, sunshine, transport, unalloyed happiness, winsomeness

Gladness \Glad"ness\, n. [AS. gl[ae]dnes.] State or quality of being glad; pleasure; joyful satisfaction; cheerfulness. [1913 Webster] They . . . did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart. --Acts ii. 46. [1913 Webster] Note: Gladness is rarely or never equivalent to mirth, merriment, gayety, and triumph, and it usually expresses less than delight. It sometimes expresses great joy. [1913 Webster] The Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. --Esther viii. 17. [1913 Webster]


joy n 1: the emotion of great happiness [syn: {joyousness}, {joyfulness}] [ant: {sorrow}] 2: something or someone that provides pleasure; a source of happiness; "a joy to behold"; "the pleasure of his company"; "the new car is a delight" [syn: {delight}, {pleasure}] v 1: feel happiness or joy [syn: {rejoice}] 2: make glad or happy [syn: {gladden}] [ant: {sadden}]

96 Moby Thesaurus words for "joy": amusement, be in heaven, be pleased, beam, beatification, beatitude, bewitchment, blessedness, bliss, blissfulness, caper, caracole, carol, cheer, cheerfulness, chirp, chirrup, clap hands, cloud nine, crow, crow over, dance, delectation, delight, die with delight, ecstasy, ecstatics, elation, enchantment, enjoyment, exaltation, exhilaration, exuberance, exult, feel happy, felicity, frisk, frivolity, frolic, fruition, fun, gaiety, gambol, gladness, glee, gleefulness, gloat, gloat over, glory, go into raptures, happiness, heaven, high glee, high spirits, hilariousness, hilarity, intoxication, jocularity, jocundity, jolliness, jollity, joviality, joyance, joyfulness, joyousness, jubilate, laugh, laughter, levity, lilt, merriment, merriness, mirth, mirthfulness, overhappiness, overjoyfulness, paradise, purr, rapture, ravishment, rejoice, revel, rollick, romp, seventh heaven, sing, skip, skip for joy, smile, sunshine, take great satisfaction, transport, tread on air, triumph, unalloyed happiness, whistle

Joy \Joy\, v. t. 1. To give joy to; to congratulate. [Obs.] ``Joy us of our conquest.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster] To joy the friend, or grapple with the foe. --Prior. [1913 Webster] 2. To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To enjoy. [Obs.] See {Enjoy}. [1913 Webster] Who might have lived and joyed immortal bliss. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Joy \Joy\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Joyed} (joid); p. pr. & vb. n. {Joying}.] [OF. joir, F. jouir. See {Joy}, n.] To rejoice; to be glad; to delight; to exult. [1913 Webster] I will joy in the God of my salvation. --Hab. iii. 18. [1913 Webster] In whose sight all things joy. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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]

Joy, IL (village, FIPS 38739) Location: 41.19687 N, 90.87956 W Population (1990): 452 (210 housing units) Area: 1.1 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water) Zip code(s): 61260

Joy A {functional programming} language by Manfred von Thun. Joy is unusual because it is not based on {lambda calculus}, but on the {composition} of {functions}. Functions take a stack as argument, consume any number of parameters from it, and return it with any number of results on it. The concatenation of programs denotes the composition of functions. One of the datatypes of Joy is that of quoted programs, of which lists are a special case. {Joy Home (http://www.latrobe.edu.au/philosophy/phimvt/joy.html)}. (2003-06-13)

Data Sources:

  • gladness: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • gladness: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • gladness: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • joy: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • joy: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • joy: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • joy: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • joy: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • joy: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)
  • joy: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)

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