joy´less|ness

joy´less|ness
joy «joy», noun, verb.
–n.
1. a glad feeling; glad behavior; strong feeling of pleasure; happiness: »

The little boy jumped for joy when he saw the circus. On with the dance! let joy be unconfined (Byron).

SYNONYM(S): gladness, delight, rapture, bliss. See syn. under pleasure (Cf.pleasure)
2. something that causes gladness or happiness: »

On a hot day, a cool swim is a joy. A thing of beauty is a joy forever (Keats).

3. the expression of happiness; outward rejoicing: »

The joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off (Nehemiah 12:43).

4. a state of happiness, especially the bliss of heaven.
5. Archaic. glad praise or worship: »

Glory and joy and honour to our Lord (Tennyson).

–v.i.
to be joyful: »

those cruel potentates of the school, who joy in the smart of their subjects (Washington Irving).

SYNONYM(S): rejoice, delight.
–v.t.
1. Archaic. to gladden; delight: »

a sight that joys the heart.

2. Obsolete. to enjoy: »

I, Who might have lived, and joy'd immortal bliss (Milton).

[< Old French joie < Latin gaudia, neuter plural of gaudium joy < gaudēre rejoice]
joy´less, adjective.
joy´less|ly, adverb.
joy´less|ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • joy´less|ly — joy «joy», noun, verb. –n. 1. a glad feeling; glad behavior; strong feeling of pleasure; happiness: »The little boy jumped for joy when he saw the circus. On with the dance! let joy be unconfined (Byron). SYNONYM(S): gladness, delight, rapture,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • joy´less — joy «joy», noun, verb. –n. 1. a glad feeling; glad behavior; strong feeling of pleasure; happiness: »The little boy jumped for joy when he saw the circus. On with the dance! let joy be unconfined (Byron). SYNONYM(S): gladness, delight, rapture,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cheer´less|ness — cheer|less «CHIHR lihs», adjective. without joy or comfort; gloomy; dreary: »All s cheerless, dark, and deadly (Shakespeare). SYNONYM(S): dismal, dull, joyless. –cheer´less|ly, adverb. –cheer´less|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

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  • ness — ness·ber·ry; ness·ler·iza·tion; ness·ler·ize; ness·ler s; new·fan·gled·ness; new·ness; news·i·ness; nice·ness; nig·gard·li·ness; nig·gard·ness; nigh·ness; nip·pi·ness; no·ble·ness; nois·i·ness; non·cha·lant·ness; north·er·li·ness; north·ness;… …   English syllables

  • joy — en·joy; en·joy·able; en·joy·er; en·joy·ing·ly; en·joy·ment; joy·ance; joy·ful; joy·ful·ly; joy·ful·ness; joy; joy·less; joy·ous; joy·ous·ly; joy·ous·ness; joy·pop; joy·pop·per; joy·some; en·joy·able·ness; en·joy·ably; joy·an·cy; joy·less·ly;… …   English syllables

  • cheer´less|ly — cheer|less «CHIHR lihs», adjective. without joy or comfort; gloomy; dreary: »All s cheerless, dark, and deadly (Shakespeare). SYNONYM(S): dismal, dull, joyless. –cheer´less|ly, adverb. –cheer´less|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • cheer|less — «CHIHR lihs», adjective. without joy or comfort; gloomy; dreary: »All s cheerless, dark, and deadly (Shakespeare). SYNONYM(S): dismal, dull, joyless. –cheer´less|ly, adverb. –cheer´less|ness, noun …   Useful english dictionary

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  • joyless — joy•less [[t]ˈdʒɔɪ lɪs[/t]] adj. affording or causing no joy or pleasure • Etymology: 1300–50 joy′less•ly, adv. joy′less•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

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