- Good luck; good fortune; prosperity."All happiness bechance to thee in Milan!" [Shak.]
- An agreeable feeling or condition of the soul arising from good fortune or propitious happening of any kind; the possession of those circumstances or that state of being which is attended with enjoyment; the state of being happy; contentment; joyful satisfaction; felicity; blessedness.
- Fortuitous elegance; unstudied grace; -- used especially of language."Some beauties yet no precepts can declare,
For there's a happiness, as well as care." [Pope.]synonyms: Happiness Felicity Blessedness Bliss."O happiness! our being's end and aim!" [Pope.]"Others in virtue place felicity, But virtue joined with riches and long life; In corporal pleasures he, and careless ease." [Milton.]"His overthrow heaped happiness upon him; For then, and not till then, he felt himself, And found the blessedness of being little." [Shak.]
Usage: Happiness is generic, and is applied to almost every kind of enjoyment except that of the animal appetites; felicity is a more formal word, and is used more sparingly in the same general sense, but with elevated associations; blessedness is applied to the most refined enjoyment arising from the purest social, benevolent, and religious affections; bliss denotes still more exalted delight, and is applied more appropriately to the joy anticipated in heaven.
Etymology: From Happy