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- happinesse (obsolete)
happiness (countable and uncountable, plural happinesses)
- (uncountable) The emotion of being happy; joy.
- 1877, W. S. Gilbert, The Sorcerer:
- Yes, Aline, true happiness comes of true love, and true love should be independent of external influences.
- (archaic, uncountable) prosperity, thriving, wellbeing.
- 1776, United States Declaration of Independence:
- We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
- (archaic, uncountable) Good luck; good fortune.
- c. 1590–1591 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene i], page 20, column 2:
- All happineſſe bechance to thee in Millaine.
- (obsolete, countable) Fortuitous elegance; unstudied grace; — used especially of language.
- 1709, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Criticism, London: […] W. Lewis […], published 1711, →OCLC, page 10:
- Some Beauties yet, no Precepts can declare, / For there's a Happineſs as well as Care.
Happiness is generic, and is applied to almost every kind of enjoyment.
- felicity (somewhat dated or formal)
- blessedness (dated or religious)
- bliss (more exalted delight, suggesting heaven)
- high spirits
- joy, joyfulness, joyousness
emotion of being happy
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- “happiness”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- Happiness (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- happiness on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
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