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HAPPINESS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does happiness mean? 

HAPPINESS (noun)
  The noun HAPPINESS has 2 senses:

1. state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy
2. emotions experienced when in a state of well-being

  Familiarity information: HAPPINESS used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HAPPINESS (noun)


Sense 1happiness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

State of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

happiness; felicity

Hypernyms ("happiness" is a kind of...):

emotional state; spirit (the state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection))

Attribute:

happy (enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure or good fortune)

unhappy (experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "happiness"):

beatification; beatitude; blessedness (a state of supreme happiness)

radiance (an attractive combination of good health and happiness)

Antonym:

unhappiness (state characterized by emotions ranging from mild discontentment to deep grief)


Sense 2happiness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Emotions experienced when in a state of well-being

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Hypernyms ("happiness" is a kind of...):

feeling (the experiencing of affective and emotional states)

Attribute:

happy (enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure or good fortune)

unhappy (experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "happiness"):

bonheur ((French) happiness and good humor)

gladfulness; gladness; gladsomeness (experiencing joy and pleasure)

gaiety; merriment (a gay feeling)

rejoicing (a feeling of great happiness)

belonging (happiness felt in a secure relationship)

blitheness; cheerfulness (a feeling of spontaneous good spirits)

contentment (happiness with one's situation in life)

Antonym:

sadness (emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being)


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