Joy

Definition of Joy

Pronunciation: joid
n.1.
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.
Her heavenly form beheld, all wished her joy.
- Dryden.
Glides the smooth current of domestic joy.
- Johnson.
Who, for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame.
- Heb. xii. 2.
Tears of true joy for his return.
- Shak.
Joy is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good.
- Locke.
2.That which causes joy or happiness.
For ye are our glory and joy.
- 1 Thess. ii. 20.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
- Keats.
3.The sign or exhibition of joy; gayety; mirth; merriment; festivity.
Such joy made Una, when her knight she found.
- Spenser.
The roofs with joy resound.
- Dryden.
v. i.1.To rejoice; to be glad; to delight; to exult.
[imp. & p. p. Joyed (joid); p. pr. & vb. n. Joying.]
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
- Hab. iii. 18.
In whose sight all things joy.
- Milton.
v. t.1.To give joy to; to congratulate.
To joy the friend, or grapple with the foe.
- Prior.
2.To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate.
Neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits.
- Shak.
3.To enjoy.
Who might have lived and joyed immortal bliss.
- Milton.

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