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adj. hap·pi·er, hap·pi·est
1. Enjoying, showing, or marked by pleasure, satisfaction, or joy. See Synonyms at glad.
2. Cheerful; willing: happy to help.
3. Characterized by good luck. See Synonyms at fortunate.
4. Being especially well-adapted; felicitous: a happy turn of phrase.
a. Characterized by a spontaneous or obsessive inclination to use something. Often used in combination: trigger-happy.
b. Enthusiastic about or involved with to a disproportionate degree. Often used in combination: money-happy; clothes-happy.

[Middle English, from hap, luck; see hap.]

hap′pi·ly adv.
hap′pi·ness n.
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(ˈhæp i nɪs)

1. the quality or state of being happy.
2. good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.
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hapless, happiness - Hapless means one is lacking hap, "good fortune, luck"; the words happy and happiness also have the root "hap."
See also related terms for luck.
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See also attitudes; moods

a state of tranquility free from anxiety and emotional disturbance. — ataractic, ataraxic, adj.
an inability to be happy. — athedonic, adj.
an extreme love for gaiety.
an abnormal fear of gaiety.
1. an art or means of acquiring happiness; eudemonism.
2. the theory of happiness. — eudemonia, n.eudemonic, eudemonical, adj.
Ethics. a moral system based upon the performance of right actions to achieve happiness. — eudemonist, eudaemonist, n.
1. a state of happiness and well-being.
2. Psychiatry. an exaggerated state of happiness, with no foundation in truth or reality. — euphoric, adj.
the quality or condition of being merry or cheerful. — jocund, adj.
Obsolete, a person who leads a merry life.
1. the quality or state of being merry or jovial.
2. festivity.
Obsolete. the condition or act of being pleasant.
the practice of making others happy through praise and felicitation. — macarize, v.
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  1. All happiness is a chance encounter and at every moment presents itself to you like a beggar by the roadside —André Gide
  2. The best advice on the art of being happy is about as easy to follow as advice to be well when one is sick —Madame Swetchine

    See Also: DIFFICULTY

  3. Dry happiness is like dry bread. We eat, but we do not dine —Victor Hugo

    In Les Miserables, the hero, Jean Valjean, continues: “I wish for the superfluous, for the useless, for the extravagant, for the too much, for that which is not good for anything.”

  4. Ecstatic as a scientist who had just discovered the key to immortality —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
  5. Elated as though he had stumbled on a treasure —Brian Moore
  6. A gay, light happiness, like bubbles in wine held up against the sun —Ben Ames Williams
  7. Glowed with happiness, like a child with expectations of a birthday party —Frank Swinnerton
  8. The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history —George Eliot
  9. Happiness as wholesome as honey on the comb —John Braine
  10. Happiness choked my throat like an anthem. It flowed through me like a river from the beginning of the column to its end —Aharon Megged
  11. (In the midst of happiness grows a seed of unhappiness.) Happiness consumes itself like a flame. (It cannot burn forever) —August Strindberg
  12. Happiness … descended upon her heart, like a cloud of morning dew in a dell of wild-flowers —Walter De La Mare
  13. Happiness … filled her brain like wine —William Dean Howells
  14. Happiness flits from branch to twig to branch like a hummingbird —Delmore Schwartz
  15. Happiness is falling on us out of the sky … like a blanket of snow —Jean Giraudoux
  16. Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts —Chinese proverb
  17. Happiness is like manna; it is to be gathered in grains, and enjoyed every day. It will not keep; it cannot be accumulated —Tryon Edwards
  18. Happiness is like time and space; we make and measure it ourselves —George Du Maurier
  19. Happiness, like air, is not something you can put in a bottle —Anon

    See Also: AIR

  20. Happiness, like the pink and white anemones of my childhood, is a flower that must not be picked —Andre Maurois
  21. The happiness of the wicked passes away like a torrent —Jean Baptiste Racine
  22. Happiness struck her like a shower of rain —Eudora Welty
  23. Happiness … was there like light seen through moving leaves, like touching a warm stone —Sumner Locke Elliott
  24. Happy and thoughtless as an apple on a tree —George Garrett
  25. Happy as a butterfly in a garden full of sunshine and flowers —Louisa May Alcott
  26. Happy as a clam —American colloquialism, attributed to New England

    A variation of this found in Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms is, “Happy as a clam at high water.”

  27. Happy as a couple of linebackers after winning a high school game —Marge Piercy
  28. Happy as a couple of cherrystone clams —George Garrett
  29. Happy as a dog with a bone —Anon
  30. Happy as a lover —William Wordsworth
  31. (I am )happy as a mother whose good baby sleeps —May Sarton
  32. Happy as a pig in clover —American colloquialism

    In the American army this gave way to “Being happy as a pig in shit.”

  33. Happy as a robin when he trills —Anon American song “Love Letters”
  34. Happy as a swallow —Richard Ford
  35. Happy as a tick in a dog’s ear —Jay Parini
  36. Happy as trees that find a wind to sway them —Sara Teasdale
  37. He loved happiness like I love tea —Eudora Welty
  38. When it [happiness] comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep —Willa Cather
  39. I was high as taxes —Loren D. Estleman
  40. I was like a river in flood … drowning in my own happiness, and buoyed up by it at the same time —Eugene Ionesco
  41. Live together … as happily as two lobsters in a saucepan, two bugs on a muscle —Dylan Thomas


  42. Looked like the sun at the zenith —Carlos Baker
  43. Happy-looking as if he’s just heard the foreman say, “Not guilty” —William Slavens McNutt
  44. Looking for happiness is like clutching the shadow or chasing the wind —Japanese proverb


  45. Looks like he is a kid holding his first puppy —John Wainwright
  46. Moments of happiness hang like pearls on the finest silken thread, certain to be snapped, the pearls scattered away —Joan Chase
  47. On the brink of our happiness we stop like someone on a drunk starting to weep —Galway Kinnell
  48. The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  49. There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn —Samuel Johnson, March 21, 1776
  50. The vicissitudes of life touch him [a happy man] lightly, like the wind in the aspen-tree —Anton Chekhov
  51. Wore his new happiness like an advertisement —Nancy Huddleston Packer
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.happiness - state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joyhappiness - state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy
emotional state, spirit - the state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection); "his emotional state depended on her opinion"; "he was in good spirits"; "his spirit rose"
beatification, beatitude, blessedness - a state of supreme happiness
radiance - an attractive combination of good health and happiness; "the radiance of her countenance"
unhappiness - state characterized by emotions ranging from mild discontentment to deep grief
2.happiness - emotions experienced when in a state of well-being
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
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; "with his classmates he felt a sense of belonging"
blitheness, cheerfulness - a feeling of spontaneous good spirits; "his cheerfulness made everyone feel better"
contentment - happiness with one's situation in life
sadness, unhappiness - emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being
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noun pleasure, delight, joy, cheer, satisfaction, prosperity, ecstasy, enjoyment, bliss, felicity, exuberance, contentment, wellbeing, high spirits, elation, gaiety, jubilation, merriment, cheerfulness, gladness, beatitude, cheeriness, blessedness, light-heartedness I think she was looking for happiness.
depression, distress, grief, misery, sadness, sorrow, misfortune, unhappiness, annoyance, despondency, low spirits
"Happiness depends upon ourselves" [Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics]
"Happiness to me is wine,"
"Effervescent, superfine."
"Full of tang and fiery pleasure,"
"Far too hot to leave me leisure"
"For a single thought beyond it" [Amy Lowell Sword Blades and Poppy Seeds]
"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self" [Iris Murdoch The Nice and the Good]
"To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others" [Albert Camus The Fall]
"I am happy and content because I think I am" [Alain René Lesage Histoire de Gil Blas de Santillane]
"Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so" [John Stuart Mill Autobiography]
"Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it" [Fyodor Dostoevsky A Diary of a Writer]
"In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it" [Franz Kafka The Collected Aphorisms]
"Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination" [Immanuel Kant Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Ethics]
"Happiness is in the taste, and not in the things" [La Rochefoucauld Maxims]
"Shall I give you my recipe for happiness? I find everything useful and nothing indispensable. I find everything wonderful and nothing miraculous. I reverence the body. I avoid first causes like the plague" [Norman Douglas South Wind]
"Happiness lies in the fulfilment of the spirit through the body" [Cyril Connolly The Unquiet Grave]
"We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it" [George Bernard Shaw Candida]
"What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree" [Sigmund Freud Civilization and its Discontents]
"Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults" [Thomas Szasz The Second Sin]
"Nothing ages like happiness" [Oscar Wilde An Ideal Husband]
"Happiness is no laughing matter" [Richard Whately Apophthegms]
"Happiness is enjoyed only in proportion as it is known; and such is the state or folly of man, that it is known only by experience of its contrary" [Samuel Johnson The Adventurer]
"happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]
"Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length" [Robert Frost The Witness Tree]
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A condition of supreme well-being and good spirits:
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niềm hạnh phúc


[ˈhæpɪnɪs] N (= contentment) → felicidad f; (= cheerfulness) → alegría f
we wish you every happinesste deseamos toda la felicidad del mundo
if you want to know real happinesssi quieres ser verdaderamente feliz
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[ˈhæpinɪs] nbonheur m
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nGlück nt; (= feeling of contentment)Zufriedenheit f; (= cheerfulness)Heiterkeit f, → Fröhlichkeit f; the happiness of his expressionsein glücklicher or freudiger Gesichtsausdruck
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[ˈhæpɪnɪs] nfelicità, contentezza, gioia
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(ˈhӕpi) adjective
1. having or showing a feeling of pleasure or contentment. a happy smile; I feel happy today.
2. willing. I'd be happy to help you.
3. lucky. By a happy chance I have the key with me.
ˈhappiness noun
ˈhappily adverb
The child smiled happily; Happily, (= Fortunately,) she arrived home safely.
ˌhappy-go-ˈlucky adjective
not worrying about what might happen. cheerful and happy-go-lucky.
happy medium
a sensible middle course between two extreme positions. I need to find the happy medium between starving and over-eating.
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سَعَادَة štěstí glæde Glück ευτυχία felicidad onni bonheur sreća felicità 幸福 행복 geluk lykke szczęście felicidade счастье lycka ความสุข mutluluk niềm hạnh phúc 快乐
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n. alegría, felicidad.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


n felicidad f
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References in classic literature ?
For whatever happiness is still on its way 'twixt heaven and earth, now seeketh for lodging a luminous soul: WITH HAPPINESS hath all light now become stiller.
"But can the trousseau and the benediction and all that--can it spoil my happiness? Nothing can spoil it!" He glanced at Kitty, and noticed that she was not in the least, not in the very least, disturbed by the idea of the trousseau.
With all its sweet and mystical significance, surely the prevailing feeling in the hearts of bride and bridegroom is, or should be, that of happiness,--happiness bubbling and dancing, all sunny ripples from heart to heart.
There are others who continually have the means of happiness in their own power, but do not rightly apply them.
My temperament, the nature of my imagination, my religious principles, which had not been eradicated, but had rather lain dormant; my turn of mind, my heart that only now began to make itself felt--everything within me led me to resolve to fill my life with the pleasures of affection, to replace a lawless love by family happiness --the truest happiness on earth.
Answer me, I conjure you by our mutual happiness, with simple truth--Do you not love another?
The longer she lived, the more experience and observation she had of life, the greater was her wonder at the short-sightedness of men who seek enjoyment and happiness here on earth: toiling, suffering, struggling, and harming one another, to obtain that impossible, visionary, sinful happiness.
Elizabeth, feeling it incumbent on her to relieve him from so unpleasant a situation, now put herself forward to confirm his account, by mentioning her prior knowledge of it from Charlotte herself; and endeavoured to put a stop to the exclamations of her mother and sisters by the earnestness of her congratulations to Sir William, in which she was readily joined by Jane, and by making a variety of remarks on the happiness that might be expected from the match, the excellent character of Mr.
It had cost her, she said, untold difficulty to send these few things to her daughter; she entreated her not to think her hard if, henceforth, she were forced to abandon her to want; she feared she could never again assist her; but she blessed her and prayed for her happiness in this fatal marriage, if, indeed, she persisted in making it, assuring her that she should never cease to think of her darling child.
I SAW thee on thy bridal day - When a burning blush came o'er thee, Though happiness around thee lay, The world all love before thee:
If I had imagined otherwise, I should not have provided a wife for him; for I would be instrumental in the ruin of nobody." "How, sir," said Jones, "and was this lady of your providing?" "Pray, sir," answered the old gentleman, "how comes it to be any concern of yours?"--"Nay, dear sir," replied Jones, "be not offended that I interest myself in what regards your son's happiness, for whom I have so great an honour and value.
She had lived with him to be reproached as the ruin of all his happiness in Fanny, and carried away no better consolation in leaving him than that she had divided them.