Hypertext Webster Gateway: "joy"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Joy \Joy\, n. [OE. joye, OF. joye, joie, goie, F. joie, L.
gaudia, pl. of gaudium joy, fr. gaudere to rejoice, to be
glad; cf. Gr. ? to rejoice, ? proud. Cf. {Gaud}, {Jewel}.]
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.

Glides the smooth current of domestic joy.

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.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. --Keats.

3. The sign or exhibition of joy; gayety; mirth; merriment;

Such joy made Una, when her knight she found.

The roofs with joy resound. --Dryden.

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

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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Joy \Joy\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Joyed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Joying}.] [OF. joir, F. jouir. See {Joy}, n.]
To rejoice; to be glad; to delight; to exult.

I will joy in the God of my salvation. --Hab. iii.

In whose sight all things joy. --Milton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Joy \Joy\, v. t.
1. To give joy to; to congratulate. [Obs.] ``Joy us of our
conquest.'' --Dryden.

To joy the friend, or grapple with the foe. --Prior.

2. To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate. [Obs.]

Neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits. --Shak.

3. To enjoy. [Obs.] See {Enjoy}.

Who might have lived and joyed immortal bliss.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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}]

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