Dictionary Definition

'Happiness'

Definition of 'happiness'
From: WordNet
noun
State of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy [syn: happiness, felicity] [ant: unhappiness]
noun
Emotions experienced when in a state of well-being [ant: sadness, unhappiness]
Definition of 'Happiness'
From: GCIDE
Happiness \Hap"pi*ness\, n. [From Happy.]
1. Good luck; good fortune; prosperity. [1913 Webster]
All happiness bechance to thee in Milan! --Shak. [1913 Webster]
2. An agreeable feeling or condition of the soul arising from good fortune or propitious happening of any kind; the possession of those circumstances or that state of being which is attended with enjoyment; the state of being happy; contentment; joyful satisfaction; felicity; blessedness. [1913 Webster]
3. Fortuitous elegance; unstudied grace; -- used especially of language. [1913 Webster]
Some beauties yet no precepts can declare, For there's a happiness, as well as care. --Pope.
Syn: Happiness, Felicity, Blessedness, Bliss.
Usage: Happiness is generic, and is applied to almost every kind of enjoyment except that of the animal appetites; felicity is a more formal word, and is used more sparingly in the same general sense, but with elevated associations; blessedness is applied to the most refined enjoyment arising from the purest social, benevolent, and religious affections; bliss denotes still more exalted delight, and is applied more appropriately to the joy anticipated in heaven. [1913 Webster]
O happiness! our being's end and aim! --Pope. [1913 Webster]
Others in virtue place felicity, But virtue joined with riches and long life; In corporal pleasures he, and careless ease. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
His overthrow heaped happiness upon him; For then, and not till then, he felt himself, And found the blessedness of being little. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
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