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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Happiness  \Hap"pi*ness\,  n.  [From  {Happy}.] 
  1.  Good  luck;  good  fortune;  prosperity. 
 
  All  happiness  bechance  to  thee  in  Milan!  --Shak. 
 
  2.  An  agreeable  feeling  or  condition  of  the  soul  arising  from 
  good  fortune  or  propitious  happening  of  any  kind  the 
  possession  of  those  circumstances  or  that  state  of  being 
  which  is  attended  enjoyment;  the  state  of  being  happy; 
  contentment;  joyful  satisfaction;  felicity;  blessedness. 
 
  3.  Fortuitous  elegance;  unstudied  grace;  --  used  especially 
  of  language. 
 
  Some  beauties  yet  no  precepts  can  declare,  For 
  there's  a  happiness,  as  well  as  care  --Pope. 
 
  Syn:  {Happiness},  {Felicity},  {Blessedness},  {Bliss}. 
 
  Usage:  Happiness  is  generic,  and  is  applied  to  almost  every 
  kind  of  enjoyment  except  that  of  the  animal  appetites; 
  felicity  is  a  more  formal  word  and  is  used  more 
  sparingly  in  the  same  general  sense  but  with  elevated 
  associations;  blessedness  is  applied  to  the  most 
  refined  enjoyment  arising  from  the  purest  social, 
  benevolent,  and  religious  affections;  bliss  denotes 
  still  more  exalted  delight,  and  is  applied  more 
  appropriately  to  the  joy  anticipated  in  heaven. 
 
  O  happiness!  our  being's  end  and  aim!  --Pope. 
 
  Others  in  virtue  place  felicity,  But  virtue 
  joined  with  riches  and  long  life;  In  corporal 
  pleasures  he  and  careless  ease.  --Milton. 
 
  His  overthrow  heaped  happiness  upon  him  For 
  then,  and  not  till  then,  he  felt  himself,  And 
  found  the  blessedness  of  being  little.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  happiness 
  n  1:  state  of  well-being  characterized  by  emotions  ranging  from 
  contentment  to  intense  joy  [syn:  {felicity}]  [ant:  {unhappiness}] 
  2:  emotions  experienced  when  in  a  state  of  well-being  [ant:  {sadness}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  HAPPINESS,  n.  An  agreeable  sensation  arising  from  contemplating  the 
  misery  of  another. 
 
 




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