joyance

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Apparently coined by Edmund Spenser, from joy +‎ -ance.

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NounEdit

joyance (countable and uncountable, plural joyances)

  1. (archaic, poetic) Enjoyment, joy, delight.
    • 1885, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Vol. 5
      ...for excess of joyance never knew
      How went the day and how it came again.
    • 1891, Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country, Nebraska 2005, p. 134:
      And on a great blooming laurel-bush the mocking-bird sang, heedless of the darkness to come, heedless of the day gone by, possessed by its fervor of music that made gloom light and all life a joyance [...].

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