rejoicing

noun

re·​joic·​ing ri-ˈjȯi-siŋ How to pronounce rejoicing (audio)
1
: the action of one that rejoices
2
: an instance, occasion, or expression of joy : festivity

Examples of rejoicing in a Sentence

there was great rejoicing at the launch party for the book
Recent Examples on the Web Haim wants people to understand why the attack on Israel — carried out on the holiday of Simchat Torah, a day meant for rejoicing — cannot be ignored. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2023 For Kharkiv’s Jewish community, as elsewhere in Ukraine, the holidays are cause for rejoicing, though celebrations are also suffused with a sense of sorrow and loss. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2023 In practice, this means that BYU-Idaho students can now wear shorts, so there is much rejoicing in Rexburg. The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Sep. 2023 The collapse of the Soviet Union was a cause for rejoicing in the West, in Eastern Europe, and in some of the Soviet republics, but not in Russia. Sheila Fitzpatrick, Foreign Affairs, 28 Feb. 2023 There'd be a gathering at the stadium, everyone holding candles, singing the Ding Dong song, interlocking arms, smiling and rejoicing. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 13 Apr. 2023 This year's class is loaded with talent; here are the top 15 And there was much rejoicing. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2023 In the wake of former President Trump’s historic indictment in a New York court on Tuesday, reactions from residents of Southern California echoed the wide political rift apparent elsewhere in the nation — with some raging and many rejoicing. Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2023 In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education is hosting a series of readings this spring, for an array of toiling, rejoicing, and sorrowing. Nina MacLaughlin, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rejoicing was in the 14th century

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“Rejoicing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rejoicing. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

rejoicing

noun
re·​joic·​ing
ri-ˈjȯi-siŋ
1
: the action of one that rejoices
2
: a time or an expression of joy

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