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