Glad"ness (?), n. [AS. glaednes.]

State or quality of being glad; pleasure; joyful satisfaction; cheerfulness.

They . . . did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart. Acts ii. 46.

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.


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