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[ri-joi-sing] /rɪˈdʒɔɪ sɪŋ/
the act of a person who rejoices.
the feeling or the expression of joy.
Often, rejoicings. an occasion for expressing joy.
Origin of rejoicing
1325-75; Middle English; see rejoice, -ing1
Related forms
rejoicingly, adverb
unrejoicing, adjective
1. celebration, merrymaking.


[ri-jois] /rɪˈdʒɔɪs/
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
Related forms
rejoiceful, adjective
rejoicer, noun
prerejoice, verb (used without object), prerejoiced, prerejoicing.
unrejoiced, adjective
1. revel, exult, glory. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rejoicing
  • Open-access proponents are rejoicing because that failure has created new momentum to strengthen the policy.
  • There's great rejoicing by the mob, as if a goal had been scored in a soccer match.
  • 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.
  • The wounded and grieving exiles of the haunting chorus are shown reviving and rejoicing at the end.
  • And there should be much rejoicing in paradise over such a sinner.
  • One might expect a certain amount of scholarly rejoicing.
  • Today, indeed, a find of merely one billion barrels is considered cause for rejoicing.
  • Certainly, families on continental holidays are rejoicing at the extra spending a mightier pound provides.
British Dictionary definitions for rejoicing


when tr, takes a clause as object or an infinitive; when intr, often foll by in. to feel or express great joy or happiness
(transitive) (archaic) to cause to feel joy
Derived Forms
rejoicer, noun
rejoicing, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French resjoir, from re- + joir to be glad, from Latin gaudēre to rejoice
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Word Origin and History for rejoicing

late 14c., verbal noun from rejoice (v.). Related: Rejoicingly.



c.1300, "to own, possess, enjoy the possession of, have the fruition of," from Old French rejoiss-, present participle stem of rejoir, resjoir "gladden, rejoice," from re-, which here is of obscure signification, perhaps an intensive (see re-), + joir "be glad," from Latin gaudere "rejoice" (see joy).

Originally sense in to rejoice in. Meaning "to be full of joy" is recorded from late 14c. Middle English also used simple verb joy "to feel gladness; to rejoice" (mid-13c.) and rejoy (early 14c.). Related: Rejoiced; rejoicing.

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