joy

Joy is the emotion of pleasure and happiness. Joy can also be the very thing that delights you. You might find great joy in learning new vocabulary. Or not.

Joy can also be used as a verb. You can joy in the fact that you have no homework for the weekend. Or, you might want to rejoice when the teacher announces that the test has been canceled. It's a real joy to use the word as an adjective, too. For example, receiving straight A's probably makes you extremely joyful.

Definitions of joy
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n the emotion of great happiness

Synonyms:
joyfulness, joyousness
Antonyms:
sorrow
an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement
Types:
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elation, high spirits, lightness
a feeling of joy and pride
exultation, jubilance, jubilancy, jubilation
a feeling of extreme joy
excitement, exhilaration
the feeling of lively and cheerful joy
exuberance
joyful enthusiasm
triumph
the exultation of victory
bang, boot, charge, flush, kick, rush, thrill
the swift release of a store of affective force
intoxication
excitement and elation beyond the bounds of sobriety
titillation
a tingling feeling of excitement (as from teasing or tickling)
euphoria, euphory
a feeling of great (usually exaggerated) elation
Type of:
emotion
any strong feeling

n something or someone that provides a source of happiness

“a joy to behold”
Synonyms:
delight, pleasure
Type of:
positive stimulus
a stimulus with desirable consequences

v feel happiness or joy

Synonyms:
rejoice
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cheer, cheer up, chirk up
become cheerful
gladden
become glad or happy
be on cloud nine, exult, jump for joy, walk on air
feel extreme happiness or elation
exuberate, exult, jubilate, rejoice, triumph
to express great joy
buoy up, lighten, lighten up
become more cheerful
rejoice, triumph, wallow
be ecstatic with joy
Type of:
experience, feel
undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

v make glad or happy

Synonyms:
gladden
Antonyms:
sadden
make unhappy
Types:
overjoy
cause to feel extremely joyful or happy