Gladness Glad"ness, n. [AS. gl[ae]dnes.] State or quality of being glad; pleasure; joyful satisfaction; cheerfulness. [1913 Webster]

They . . . did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart. --Acts ii. 46. [1913 Webster]

Note: Gladness is rarely or never equivalent to mirth, merriment, gayety, and triumph, and it usually expresses less than delight. It sometimes expresses great joy. [1913 Webster]

The Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. --Esther viii. 17. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • gladness — O.E. glædnes; see GLAD (Cf. glad) + NESS (Cf. ness) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • gladness — noun see glad I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gladness — See gladly. * * * …   Universalium

  • gladness — noun The state of being glad; joy …   Wiktionary

  • gladness — Synonyms and related words: beatification, beatitude, bewitchment, blessedness, bliss, blissfulness, blitheness, blithesomeness, brightness, cheer, cheerfulness, cheeriness, cheery vein, cloud nine, delectation, delight, ecstasy, ecstatics,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • gladness — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. cheer, mirth, delight; see happiness 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A condition of supreme well being and good spirits: beatitude, blessedness, bliss, cheer, cheerfulness, felicity, happiness, joy, joyfulness. See HAPPY …   English dictionary for students

  • gladness — sb. RG. 195, 530 …   Oldest English Words

  • gladness — glad·ness || glædnɪs n. happiness, joyfulness …   English contemporary dictionary