JOY, n.1. The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; that excitement of pleasurable feelings which is caused by success, good fortune,the gratification of desire or some good possessed, or by a rational prospect of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exultation; exhilaration of spirits. Joy is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good. Bring heavenly balm to heal my country's wounds, Joy to my soul and transport to my lay.2. Gayety; mirth; festivity. The roofs with joy resound.3. Happiness; felicity. Her heavenly form beheld, all wished her joy.4. A glorious and triumphant state. --Who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross. Heb.12.5. The cause of joy or happiness. For ye are our glory and joy. 1 Thess 2.6. A term of fondness; the cause of you.
JOY, v.i. To rejoice; to be glad; to exult. I will joy in the God of my salvation. Hab.3.
JOY, v.t. To give joy to; to congratulate; to entertain kindly.1. To gladden; to exhilarate. My soul was joyed in vain.2. To enjoy; to have or possess with pleasure, or to have pleasure in the possession of. [Little used. See Enjoy.]
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