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gladness


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gladness  \Glad"ness\,  n.  [AS.  gl[ae]dnes.] 
  State  or  quality  of  being  glad;  pleasure;  joyful 
  satisfaction;  cheerfulness. 
 
  They  .  .  .  did  eat  their  meat  with  gladness  and 
  singleness  of  heart.  --Acts  ii  46. 
 
  Note:  Gladness  is  rarely  or  never  equivalent  to  mirth, 
  merriment,  gayety,  and  triumph,  and  it  usually 
  expresses  less  than  delight.  It  sometimes  expresses 
  great  joy. 
 
  The  Jews  had  joy  and  gladness,  a  feast  and  a  good 
  day  --Esther  viii. 
  17. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gladness 
  n  :  experiencing  joy  and  pleasure  [syn:  {gladfulness},  {gladsomeness}] 




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