Joy is a slightly difficult word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of joy, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - the emotion of great happiness
EXAMPLES - Joy in a Sentence
- Oh, I get such joy, such delicious _joy_ from life. " (source)
- "When it's over, it'll be like there's a short-term joy," he added. (source)
- The word joy is perhaps that which comes most often to the pen of the (source)
- He is destitute of the quality we call joy and has never known comfort. (source)
- People no longer sing out in joy because they expect others to judge them. (source)
- The feeling which I call joy may feel just like the one which you call despair. (source)
- Their joy is short-lived as the little girl vanishes with the arrival of spring. (source)
- Holy joy is called the joy of salvation, for in that there is abundant matter for joy. (source)
- The actual meaning of the word joy I mean here is the same as the French military slang (source)
- There was a dead-pale BirdSoy blancmange, with the word joy spelled out in dried cherries. (source)
- I think we mistake when we make what is usually termed joy, the end of prayer, or of desire. (source)
- They were not particularly concerned with maximizing the long-term joy of living in Dobbs Ferry. (source)
- But his joy is short-lived, for Mrs. Pepys discovers this interview with Deb on the following day. (source)
- There's relief [for Rossi], but the joy is somewhat tempered because this guy is in a prison already. (source)
- According to Patanjali, breathwork removes any blocks that prevent the expression of joy and wellness. (source)
- It's obvious that everyone is having a fine time on set, and that joy translates into the performances. (source)
- With "The Union," the new T Bone Burnett-produced album by Elton John and Leon Russell, joy is abundant. (source)
- If she had killed him, as well she might, then he would have cried out in joy as her sword ran him through. (source)
- Donna's joy is shortlived when Ringo blames her for a humiliating prank on him and Harold takes her to task. (source)
- A wild shout of joy from the Irishmen rose above the din of battle, and after that there was no restraining them. (source)
- His life has neither law nor order; and this distracted existence he terms joy and bliss and freedom; and so he goes on. (source)
- If what you call "joy" is fleeting, conditional, or does harm to yourself or others in the process of attaining it, it probably isn't joy. (source)
- However, the hero's joy is short-lived as a young village girl is found to be afflicted by a mysterious illness known as "crystal sickness." (source)
- And so you go and radiate your joy from the first moment the rescue began and the first man came out straight through to the last man coming out. (source)
- After donating $35 million to Arena's campaign, she said, "The greatest joy is to give while you live, so you can see what is happening with your money." (source)
- Friday night after Friday night we claimed the long table under the front window and laughed and cried and enjoyed each other with a passion that the word joy (source)
- This joy is the joy of their Lord; the joy which he himself has purchased and provided for them; the joy of the redeemed, bought with the sorrow of the Redeemer. (source)
- Carol and Brandy are next to finish but their joy is short-lived when they discover the U-Turn, although the detectives think it was a "great call" by Brent and Caite. (source)
- One year, he tears downstairs and rips open his packages in exultation, but the joy is short-lived, as he realizes that he neglected to make one very special request of Santa. (source)
- HUGHES: Well, I think Senator Biden is treading on dangerous territory when he deliberately takes the word joy, which he used to talk about the special joy of rearing a special needs child. (source)
- For many (particularly women and children) the pleasure-surge of a wardrobe update is a super-stimulus, more powerful and reinforcing than any short-term joy to be had from human interconnection, good works or immersion in nature. (source)
- When guards abandon the Robben Island prison, members of the ANC rescue Nelson Mandela on August 17th, 1985, but the joy is short-lived as Mandela dies in a bombing raid by the South African Air Force on a Pretorian black neighborhood. (source)
- How does one, in the presence of this poem, feel filled with the spirit of St. Augustine, the nothingness of what we call joy, happiness, glory, here below, -- delights of a moment, which at most only aid us to traverse in a dream this valley of tears! (source)
- Even as the pain pierces my chest and my tears splash upon his brow, the joy is there, the love is there, keeping my hand pressed upon his back and under his cheek, pulling him to me, ever closer, his gurgles and sighs and the sweet smell of his skin a balm for the pain. (source)
- He lays it on his shoulders rejoicing that he has not lost his labour in seeking; and the joy is the greater because he began to be out of hope of finding it; and he calls his friends and neighbours, the shepherds that keep their flocks about him, saying, Rejoice with me. (source)
- Epistle, whereas the former would have been the result, had he then visited them as he had originally proposed. having confidence ... that my joy is the joy of you all -- trusting that you, too, would feel that there was sufficient reason for the postponement, if it interfered with our mutual joy [Alford]. (source)
- This was one of my difficulties with the film: despite Stiller's convincingly awkward performance, and his character's gradual acquisition of the ability to think a little bit about others, there is too much stubborn, cranky difficulty in Greenberg's nature to deliver any long-term joy, even as he inches closer to commitment. (source)
- Then turning to his youngest daughter Cordelia, whom he called his joy, he asked what she had to say, thinking no doubt that she would glad his ears with the same loving speeches which her sisters had uttered, or rather that her expressions would be so much stronger than theirs, as she had always been his darling, and favoured by him above either of them. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 68.0, which suggests that "joy" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.
We have 49 synonyms for joy.
alleviation, amusement, animation, bliss, charm, cheer, comfort, delectation, delight, diversion, ecstasy, elation, exultation, exulting, felicity, festivity, frolic, fruition, gaiety, gem, gladness, glee, good humor, gratification, hilarity, humor, indulgence, jewel, jubilance, liveliness, luxury, merriment, mirth, pride, pride and joy, prize, rapture, ravishment, refreshment, regalement, rejoicing, revelry, satisfaction, solace, sport, transport, treasure, treat, wonder
We have 13 antonyms for joy.
depression, discouragement, dislike, melancholy, misery, mourning, sadness, seriousness, sorrow, unhappiness, vocation, woe, work
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of joy from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness.
- (noun) The expression or manifestation of such feeling.
- (noun) A source or an object of pleasure or satisfaction: their only child, their pride and joy.
- (verb-intransitive) To take great pleasure; rejoice.
- (verb-transitive) Archaic To fill with ecstatic happiness, pleasure, or satisfaction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) The feeling of happiness, extreme cheerfulness.
- (noun) An activity etc which causes this feeling.
- (verb) To feel joy, to rejoice.
- (verb) To enjoy.
- (verb) To give joy to; to congratulate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; pleasurable feelings or emotions caused by success, good fortune, and the like, or by a rational prospect of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exhilaration of spirits; delight.
- (noun) That which causes joy or happiness.
- (noun) The sign or exhibition of joy; gayety; mirth; merriment; festivity.
- (verb-intransitive) To rejoice; to be glad; to delight; to exult.
- (verb-transitive) To give joy to; to congratulate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) An emotion of pleasure, generally sudden, caused by the gratification of any passion or desire; ardent happiness arising from present or expected good; exultant satisfaction; exhilaration of spirits; gladness; delight.
- (noun) A source of enjoyment or rejoicing; that which causes gladness or happiness.
- (noun) Diversion; festivity.
- (noun) An occasional name of the plant Ranunculus arvensis.
- (noun) Synonyms Pleasure, Delight, etc. (see gladness); Glee, etc. (see hilarity); happiness, felicity, rapture, bliss.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) the emotion of great happiness
- (verb) make glad or happy
- (verb) feel happiness or joy
- (noun) something or someone that provides a source of happiness