joy


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.]
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   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.
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            Her heavenly form beheld, all wished her joy.
                                                  --Dryden.
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            Glides the smooth current of domestic joy.
                                                  --Johnson.
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            Who, for the joy that was set before him, endured
            the cross, despising the shame.       --Heb. xii. 2.
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            Tears of true joy for his return.     --Shak.
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            Joy is a delight of the mind, from the consideration
            of the present or assured approaching possession of
            a good.                               --Locke.
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   2. That which causes joy or happiness.
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            For ye are our glory and joy.         --1 Thess. ii.
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            A thing of beauty is a joy forever.   --Keats.
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   3. The sign or exhibition of joy; gayety; mirth; merriment;
      festivity.
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            Such joy made Una, when her knight she found.
                                                  --Spenser.
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            The roofs with joy resound.           --Dryden.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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         I will joy in the God of my salvation.   --Hab. iii.
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         In whose sight all things joy.           --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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