Glad·ness n. State or quality of being glad; pleasure; joyful satisfaction; cheerfulness.
They . . . did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart. --Acts ii. 46.
Note: ☞ 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.
n : experiencing joy and pleasure [syn: gladfulness, gladsomeness]