the act of a person who rejoices.
the feeling or the expression of joy.
Often, rejoicings. an occasion for expressing joy.

1325–75; Middle English; see rejoice, -ing1

rejoicingly, adverb
unrejoicing, adjective

1. celebration, merrymaking. Unabridged


verb (used without object), rejoiced, rejoicing.
to be glad; take delight (often followed by in ): to rejoice in another's happiness.
verb (used with object), rejoiced, rejoicing.
to make joyful; gladden: a song to rejoice the heart.

1275–1325; Middle English rejoicen < Old French rejouiss-, long stem of rejouir, equivalent to re- re- + jouir to rejoice; see joy

rejoiceful, adjective
rejoicer, noun
prerejoice, verb (used without object), prerejoiced, prerejoicing.
unrejoiced, adjective

1. revel, exult, glory. Unabridged
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rejoice (rɪˈdʒɔɪs)
vb (when tr, takes a clause as object or an infinitive; when intr, often foll by in)
1.  to feel or express great joy or happiness
2.  archaic (tr) to cause to feel joy
[C14: from Old French resjoir, from re- + joir to be glad, from Latin gaudēre to rejoice]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "to enjoy the possession of," from O.Fr. rejoiss-, stem of rejoissant, prp. of rejoir "gladden, rejoice," from re-, intensive prefix + joir "be glad," from L. gaudere "rejoice" (see joy). Originally sense in to rejoice in. Meaning "to be full of joy" is recorded from late 14c.
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Example sentences
Open-access proponents are rejoicing because that failure has created new
  momentum to strengthen the policy.
For the locals, though, the arrival of the monsoon is a time of rejoicing.
In truth there was no cause for rejoicing, nor need to turn around, either.
It should be a cause for rejoicing that much of our ignorance of the history of
  music is permanent, irrevocable.
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