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[hap-ee-nis] /ˈhæp i nɪs/
the quality or state of being happy.
good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.
Origin of happiness
First recorded in 1520-30; happy + -ness
Related forms
overhappiness, noun
1, 2. pleasure, joy, exhilaration, bliss, contentedness, delight, enjoyment, satisfaction. Happiness, bliss, contentment, felicity imply an active or passive state of pleasure or pleasurable satisfaction. Happiness results from the possession or attainment of what one considers good: the happiness of visiting one's family. Bliss is unalloyed happiness or supreme delight: the bliss of perfect companionship. Contentment is a peaceful kind of happiness in which one rests without desires, even though every wish may not have been gratified: contentment in one's surroundings. Felicity is a formal word for happiness of an especially fortunate or intense kind: to wish a young couple felicity in life.
1. misery. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Let me go and tell him you will consent—to all our happinesses.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • They were no longer miseries, they were happinesses which brought him those smiles.

    Salem Chapel, v.1/2 Mrs. Oliphant
  • God bless you and send you all manner of comforts and happinesses.

    Mary Lamb Anne Burrows Gilchrist
  • It was one of the happinesses of her life, she said, to teach that school.

    John Marvel, Assistant Thomas Nelson Page
  • This realization must come at its own time, like the other happinesses of life.

  • Such are the happinesses which, from afar, had the appearance of calamities.

  • Perhaps it was wicked graspingness to count upon two happinesses when one had been granted to me.

    Penelope Brandling Vernon Lee
  • The trees rustled with low glad music, and the night air seemed full of mystic influences, blessings, happinesses.

    Sally of Missouri

    R. E. Young
  • If this imaginary, half-nothing time, be of the essence of our happinesses, how can they be thought durable?

  • As for the songs—they are not only among the joys of life, but they bring with them many other happinesses.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
Word Origin and History for happinesses



1520s, "good fortune," from happy + -ness. Meaning "pleasant and contented mental state" is from 1590s. Phrase greatest happiness for the greatest number was in Hutcheson (1725).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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