happiness

[hap-ee-nis]
noun
1.
the quality or state of being happy.
2.
good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.

Origin:
1520–30; happy + -ness

overhappiness, noun


1, 2. pleasure, joy, exhilaration, bliss, contentedness, delight, enjoyment, satisfaction. Happiness, bliss, contentment, felicity imply an active or passive state of pleasure or pleasurable satisfaction. Happiness results from the possession or attainment of what one considers good: the happiness of visiting one's family. Bliss is unalloyed happiness or supreme delight: the bliss of perfect companionship. Contentment is a peaceful kind of happiness in which one rests without desires, even though every wish may not have been gratified: contentment in one's surroundings. Felicity is a formal word for happiness of an especially fortunate or intense kind: to wish a young couple felicity in life.


1. misery.
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happy (ˈhæpɪ)
 
adj , -pier, -piest
1.  feeling, showing, or expressing joy; pleased
2.  willing: I'd be happy to show you around
3.  causing joy or gladness
4.  fortunate; lucky: the happy position of not having to work
5.  aptly expressed; appropriate: a happy turn of phrase
6.  informal (postpositive) slightly intoxicated
 
interj
7.  (in combination): happy birthday; happy Christmas
 
[C14: see hap1, -y1]
 
'happily
 
adv
 
'happiness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

happiness
1520s, "good fortune," from happy + -ness. Meaning "pleasant and contented mental state" is from 1590s.
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Example sentences
There may be a literal truth underlying the common-sense intuition that
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The secret to happiness, it turns out, may not be wealth or power.
He is working on a documentary about happiness.
Instead, the best recipe for happiness is to have had loving, caring parents.
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