• WordNet 3.6
    • n joyousness the emotion of great happiness
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n joyousness The state of being joyous.
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  • Henry Miller
    “The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”
  • Alexander Maclaren
    “Seek to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.”
  • A. W. Tozer
    “The man or woman who is wholly or joyously surrendered to Christ can't make a wrong choice--any choice will be the right one.”
  • George Gribbon
    George Gribbon
    “A writer should be a joyous optimist. Anything that implies rejection of life is wrong for a writer.”


In literature:

Meanwhile, Maurice and Gaspare were giving themselves joyously to the glory of the night.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
Mrs. Stannard rose quickly to her feet; her gaze becoming eager, then joyous.
"Marion's Faith." by Charles King
To see her so well, so sparkling and joyous, lifted his burden of anxiety and warmed in him a glow of profound thanksgiving.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
I, however, belonged neither to the joyous and enlivening, nor yet to the patient and unpretending.
"The Home" by Fredrika Bremer
She was joyous as if a burden had been lifted.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
Do we awake as Pippa did, with a joyous song of praise?
"How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions" by S. S. Curry
Sir Launcelot called it the Joyous Isle, and here he dwelt a long while.
"Stories of King Arthur and His Knights" by U. Waldo Cutler
I nursed the thought with joyous enthusiasm.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
In that joyous season there was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Dudgeon an eighth child.
"The Golden Shoemaker" by J. W. Keyworth
His letters to her during her visit in Wisconsin had brought her back violently joyous.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht

In poetry:

And I hear the light sweet laugh that springs
From the prison of the breast,
Like a bird that leaps with joyous wings
Above her hidden nest.
"The Old Ruins" by Alexander Anderson
His spirit wrapped the mantling air,
Of old, around our infant Earth,
And, on her bosom warm and fair,
Gave her young lord his joyous birth.
"Hymns and Odes for Charity Occasions X" by John Pierpont
He'd kindly lead me to the realm
Where joyous freedom reigns,
He'd teach my soul love's sweet control,
Then claim it for his pains.
"Mystery Of Carmel" by Madge Morris Wagner
An old-world joyousness supreme,
The warmth and glow of an immortal balm,
The mood-touch of the gods, the endless dream,
The high lethean calm.
"Favorites of Pan" by Archibald Lampman
The news thereof spread far and wide,
And filled each humble slave's abode
With the grand and joyous tide
Of blessings which had been bestowed.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
Let her beware—the world full soon
Like me shall tearless turn away,
And woo, instead of thine, O May!
The brown, bright, joyous eyes of June.
"To June. Written After An Ungenial May" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

On Thursday evening, after the storm clouds passed and the wind died down, Ryan Spearman performed two sets of folk music for a joyous crowd in Strauss Park.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, what a joyous miracle you are.
For most, the holidays are a special time spent with family and friends - traditions upheld, dinners shared, gifts exchanged - a time of joyousness.
For most, the holidays are a special time spent with family and friends traditions upheld, dinners shared, gifts exchanged a time of joyousness.
"The Artist" is a film everyone should see because it's joyous.
Another whacky , joyous DramaSlam.
The touring company performing "Wicked" at Proctors put on a joyous, high-energy production Thursday night.
Joyous celebration of Muni's 100th .
Just to be absolutely joyous in one's love and worship of G-d. Friday, November 30, 2012 - 16 Kislev 5773.
Ballet Hispanico reaches joyous heights in New Orleans, aided by the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
Leon Russell's involvement with the New Grass Revival has been preserved for posterity because "The Live Album," a rollicking, joyous work recorded last May in Pasadena, Calif, has finally been released.
A family meal through a child's eyes becomes a bright, bold , joyous gathering of giant toys.
It's our very own holiday tradition - a joyous celebration with your favorite holiday characters, with a new twist every year.
The mood was militant, even joyous, as thousands poured out of the Port-au-Prince Cathedral following the funeral of Father Gérard Jean-Juste on June 18.
So many soundtracks have been written to support images of the American West on the movie screen that it's rare to find one as heartfelt and joyous as this one.