Sadness vs Mirth - What's the difference?

sadness | mirth | Antonyms |

Sadness is an antonym of mirth.


As nouns the difference between sadness and mirth

is that sadness is (uncountable) the state or emotion of being sad while mirth is the emotion usually following humour and accompanied by laughter; merriment; jollity; gaiety.

sadness

Noun

  • (uncountable) The state or emotion of being sad.
  • (countable) An event in one's life that causes sadness.
  • She has experienced many sadnesses in her forty years.

    Synonyms

    * (state of being sad) forlornness, melancholy * (event causing sadness) misfortune, woe

    mirth

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The emotion usually following humour and accompanied by laughter; merriment; jollity; gaiety.
  • * 1883 ,
  • And he began to laugh again, and that so heartily, that, though I did not see the joke as he did, I was again obliged to join him in his mirth.
  • *, title=The Mirror and the Lamp
  • , chapter=2 citation , passage=She was a fat, round little woman, richly apparelled in velvet and lace, […]; and the way she laughed, cackling like a hen, the way she talked to the waiters and the maid, […]—all these unexpected phenomena impelled one to hysterical mirth , and made one class her with such immortally ludicrous types as Ally Sloper, the Widow Twankey, or Miss Moucher.}}
  • * 1912 , :
  • Their eyes met and they began to laugh. They laughed as children do when they cannot contain themselves, and can not explain the cause of their mirth to grown people, but share it perfectly together.
  • That which causes merriment.
  • * 1922 ,
  • Phantasmal mirth , folded away: muskperfumed.

    Synonyms

    * (emotion) delight, glee, hilarity, jollity

    Antonyms

    * (emotion) sadness, gloom

    Derived terms

    * mirthful * mirthfulness * mirthless * mirthlessly * mirthlessness