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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Definitions for joyance
  1. Archaic. joyous feeling; gladness.

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Citations for joyance
The rooms rang with silvery voices of women and delightful laughter, while the fiddles went merrily, their melodies chiming sweetly with the joyance of his mood. Booth Tarkington, Monsieur Beaucaire, 1900
... overhead the soaring skylark sang, as it were, to express the joyance of the day. Gilbert Parker, A Ladder of Swords, 1904
Origin of joyance
Joyance “gladness, rejoicing,” a compound of the verb joy “to feel glad, rejoice” and the suffix -ance, used to form nouns from verbs, was coined by Edmund Spenser (c1552-99) in his Faerie Queene (1590). Ben Jonson (c1573-1637) and Samuel Johnson (1709-84) were not great fans of Edmund Spenser’s contrived, artificial diction, and joyance may be one of the reasons why. The word was rare until two of the Lake Poets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) and Robert Southey (1774-1843), resuscitated it in the late 18th century.
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