Definitions of 'Happiness'

Definition of 'happiness'
From: WordNet
State of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy [syn: happiness, felicity] [ant: unhappiness]
Emotions experienced when in a state of well-being [ant: sadness, unhappiness]
Definition of 'Happiness'
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]
Synonyms of 'Happiness'

Words close to 'Happiness'

happenstance Happier Happiest happily happy happy camper happy chance happy event
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