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Definition of JOY

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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}.] [1913 Webster]
     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. [1913 Webster]

              Her heavenly form beheld, all wished her joy.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              Glides the smooth current of domestic joy.
                                                    --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

              Who, for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame.       --Heb. xii. 2. [1913 Webster]

              Tears of true joy for his return.     --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Joy is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good.                               --Locke. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     3. The sign or exhibition of joy; gayety; mirth; merriment; festivity. [1913 Webster]

              Such joy made Una, when her knight she found.
                                                    --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

              The roofs with joy resound.           --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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. [1913 Webster]

           I will joy in the God of my salvation.   --Hab. iii.
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           In whose sight all things joy.           --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Joy \Joy\, v. t.
     1. To give joy to; to congratulate. [Obs.] "Joy us of our conquest." --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              To joy the friend, or grapple with the foe. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

     2. To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              Neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. To enjoy. [Obs.] See {Enjoy}.
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              Who might have lived and joyed immortal bliss.
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

96 Moby Thesaurus words for "joy":
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Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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