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blissful

[blis-fuh l] /ˈblɪs fəl/
adjective
1.
full of, abounding in, enjoying, or conferring bliss.
Origin of blissful
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; see bliss, -ful; replacing Old English blissig
Related forms
blissfully, adverb
blissfulness, noun
unblissful, adjective
unblissfully, adverb
unblissfulness, noun
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  • Marjorie lay in blissful content; she had found human companionship.

    The Incubator Baby Ellis Parker Butler
  • Their interviews were first blissful, then anxious, then sad, then stormy.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • As well might Nebuchadnezzar's image, had it possessed sensation, been blissful, as such persons as these.

  • But nobody could have thought so from his face, which bore no signs of blissful anticipation.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • "Happy is the wooing that is not long a-doing," and Milan's wooing was as brief as it was blissful.

British Dictionary definitions for blissful

blissful

/ˈblɪsfʊl/
adjective
1.
serenely joyful or glad
2.
blissful ignorance, unawareness or inexperience of something unpleasant
Derived Forms
blissfully, adverb
blissfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for blissful
adj.

late 12c., blisfulle, from bliss + -ful. Related: Blissfully; blissfulness.

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