A feeling of extreme happiness or cheerfulness, especially related to the acquisition or expectation of something good.
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- a child's joy on Christmas morning
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=It was a joy
to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.}}
Anything that causes such a feeling.
* Bible, 1 Thess. ii. 20
- Ye are our glory and joy .
(obsolete) The sign or exhibition of joy; gaiety; merriment; festivity.
- A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
- Such joy made Una, when her knight she found.
- The roofs with joy resound.
* (feeling of happiness) infelicity, joylessness, unhappiness, unjoy
* bundle of joy
* cocky's joy
* joy ride
* jump for joy
* no joy
* traveller's joy
To feel joy, to rejoice.
*:for oftymes or this oure lord shewed hym vnto good men and vnto good knyghtes in lykenes of an herte But I suppose from hens forth ye shalle see no more / and thenne they Ioyed moche / and dwelled ther alle that day / And vpon the morowe whan they had herde masse / they departed and commaunded the good man to god
*1885 , Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night , Night 18:
*:I swore readily enough to this and he joyed with exceeding joy and embraced me round the neck while love for him possessed my whole heart.
(archaic) To enjoy.
*1596 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , IV.i.2:
*:For from the time that Scudamour her bought, / In perilous fight, she neuer ioyed day.
*:Who might have lived and joyed immortal bliss.
(obsolete) To give joy to; to congratulate.
*:Joy us of our conquest.
*:To joy the friend, or grapple with the foe.
(obsolete) To gladden; to make joyful; to exhilarate.
*:Neither pleasure's art can joy my spirits.
(often, pluralized) paroxysm of extreme physical pain or anguish; sudden and transitory agony; throe
* 1591 , , Henry VI, Part II , act 3, sc. 3,
* 1888 , , "The Nightingale and the Rose" in The Happy Prince and Other Tales ,
- See, how the pangs of death do make him grin!
(often, pluralized) A sharp, sudden feeling of a mental or emotional nature, as of joy or sorrow
* 1867 , , The Guardian Angel , ch. 7,
- So the Nightingale pressed closer against the thorn, and the thorn touched her heart, and a fierce pang of pain shot through her.
- He was startled with a piece of information which gave him such an exquisite pang of delight that he could hardly keep the usual quiet of his demeanor.
to torment; to torture; to cause to have great pain or suffering
* 1918 , , "On Unanswering Letters" in Mince Pie ,
- It panged him so to say good-bye when he had to leave.