glad


glad
glad, happy, cheerful, lighthearted, joyful, joyous are comparable when meaning characterized by or expressing the mood, temper, or state of mind of a person who is pleased or delighted with something or with things in general.
Glad may be used in opposition to sorry to convey polite conventional expressions of pleasure or gratification
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I am glad to hear of your recovery

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I shall be glad to have the opportunity to meet you

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It may also be used in opposition to sad, and then connotes actual delight and a lift of spirits and sometimes elation
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wine that maketh glad the heart of man— Ps 104:15

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glad did I live and gladly die— Stevenson

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a child's kiss set on thy sighing lips shall make thee gladE. B. Browning

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his entire saintly life was glad with an invincible gaiety of spirit— H. O. Taylor

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Happy may also be used in polite conventional phrases in which its content can hardly be distinguished from that of glad. In more meaningful use, however, it distinctively implies a sense of contentment and well-being or a realization either of one's good fortune or of the fulfillment of one's desires
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he will never be happy until he finds work which utilizes all his talents

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with the tension of an unachieved task no longer felt ... I can say with truth that the last phase of my life has been the happiestEllis

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is my girl happy, that I thought hard to leave, and has she tired of weeping as she lies down at eve?— Housman

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Cheerful suggests a strong and, often, a spontaneous flow of good spirits either as a result of feeling glad or happy or as a result of an equable disposition or of a naturally sanguine temperament
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suicidal thoughts . . . could not enter the cheerful, sanguine, courageous scheme of life, which was in part natural to her and in part slowly built up— Ellis

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time went by as we drank and talked in a world that was rosy, cheerful, and full of fellowship and peace on earth— Hammett

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Lighthearted stresses freedom from care, worry, and discontent. Since it also implies high spirits, vivacity, or gaiety, it commonly suggests in addition youth or an easygoing and somewhat volatile temperament
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he whistles as he goes, lighthearted wretch, cold and yet cheerful— Cowper

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why, man, I was lighthearted in my prime, I am lighthearted now; what would you have?— Browning

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Joyful and joyous imply keen gladness or happiness with resulting elation; they are often used as though they were equivalent terms. However, joyful usually suggests a mood or an emotional reaction to an event or situation, and it implies rejoicing
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in the day of prosperity be joyful—Eccles 7:14

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and joyful nations join in leagues of peace— Pope

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a joyful countenance

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a bright and happy Christian, a romping optimist who laughed away sin and doubt, a joyful puritan— Sinclair Lewis

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Joyous, on the other hand, applies more to something which by its nature or character is filled with joy or is a cause of joy
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all that ever was joyous, and clear, and fresh, thy music doth surpass— Shelley

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the happy and joyous temper, which characterizes a fresh and confident faith— Inge

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that joyous serenity we think belongs to a better world than this—.Sir Winston Churchill

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Analogous words: pleased, delighted, gratified, tickled, rejoiced (see PLEASE): blithe, jocund, *merry, jolly, jovial: gleeful, mirthful, hilarious (see corresponding nouns at MIRTH)
Antonyms: sad
Contrasted words: depressed, dejected, melancholy (see corresponding nouns at SADNESS)

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  • glad — W3S2 [glæd] adj [no comparative] [: Old English; Origin: glAd bright, shining, happy ] 1.) [not before noun] pleased and happy about something glad (that) ▪ I m really glad I don t have to go back there again. ▪ We re so glad you came. glad to do …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Glad — (gl[a^]d), a. [Compar. {Gladder}; superl. {Gladdest}.] [AS. gl[ae]d bright, glad; akin to D. glad smooth, G. glatt, OHG. glat smooth, shining, Icel. gla[eth]r glad, bright, Dan. & Sw. glad glad, Lith. glodas smooth, and prob. to L. glaber, and E …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Glad on 't — Glad Glad (gl[a^]d), a. [Compar. {Gladder}; superl. {Gladdest}.] [AS. gl[ae]d bright, glad; akin to D. glad smooth, G. glatt, OHG. glat smooth, shining, Icel. gla[eth]r glad, bright, Dan. & Sw. glad glad, Lith. glodas smooth, and prob. to L.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glad — glad·den; glad·don; glad·dy; glad; glad·ful; glad·i·ate; glad·i·a·tor; glad·i·a·to·ri·al; glad·i·a·tor·ship; glad·i·o·la; glad·i·ole; glad·ite; glad·less; glad·ness; glad·some; glad·stone; glad·sto·ni·an; un·glad; glad·ly; glad·some·ly;… …   English syllables

  • glad — [ glæd ] adjective not usually before noun *** happy and pleased about something: We re having a great time. I m so glad. glad (that): I m glad he finally called you. glad to see/hear/be, etc.: Maggie was glad to be home in her own bed. glad for …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Glad — can refer to:*Glad (duke), ruler in the territory of Banat, who was defeated by the Magyars during the 10th century *Glad (band), a Christian pop/rock and a cappella music group formed in 1972 *Glad (company), an American brand of household… …   Wikipedia

  • glad — O.E. glæd bright, shining, joyous, from P.Gmc. *glada (Cf. O.N. glaðr smooth, bright, glad, Dan. glad glad, joyful, O.S. gladmod glad, O.Fris. gled smooth, Du. glad slippery, Ger. glatt smooth ), from PIE …   Etymology dictionary

  • Glad — Glad, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gladded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Gladding}.] [AS. gladian. See {Glad}, a., and cf. {Gladden}, v. t.] To make glad; to cheer; to gladden; to exhilarate. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] That which gladded all the warrior train. Dryden …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glad — glad1 [glad] adj. gladder, gladdest [ME < OE glæd, akin to Ger glatt, smooth (the orig. Gmc sense) < IE * ghlādh , shining, smooth < base * ĝhel , to shine > GLEAM, GOLD] 1. feeling or characterized by pleasure or joy; happy; pleased… …   English World dictionary

  • glad of — 1. Glad to have 2. Glad because of • • • Main Entry: ↑glad …   Useful english dictionary


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