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happiness

[hap-ee-nis]
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noun
  1. the quality or state of being happy.
  2. good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.
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Origin of happiness

First recorded in 1520–30; happy + -ness
Related formso·ver·hap·pi·ness, noun

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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.

Antonyms

1. misery.
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Related Words

prosperitycontentmentenjoymentjoygleeoptimismeuphoriadelightelationexhilarationwell-beingpleasurelaughterjubilationblissgladnesssanctityjovialitycheerfulnessplayfulness

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Word Origin and History for happiness

n.

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).

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