Origin of happiness

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

Synonyms for happiness

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 for happiness

1. misery.
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Examples from the Web for happinesses

Historical Examples of happinesses

  • 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.

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