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Happiness, 1) good luck, good fortune: “all h. bechance to thee in Milan,” Gent. I, 1, 61. “bring you back in h.” Meas. I, 1, 75. “a dear h. to women,” Ado I, 1, 129. “envy no man's h.” As III, 2, 79. “the victory fell on us. Great h.!” Mcb. I, 2, 58. “and lo, the h.! go and importune her,” Oth. III, 4, 108. “Caesar will unstate his h.” Ant. III, 13, 30. All's IV, 3, 12. R2 I, 1, 22. H4B IV, 1, 64. H5 V, 2, 379. R3 I, 3, 41. Rom. III, 3, 142. Tim. I, 1, 76 (cf. Tim. I, 1, 76). Per. II, 3, 11. Used as a form of good wishes, especially in meeting and parting: “good day and h.!” As IV, 1, 30. “health and h. betide my liege,” R2 III, 2, 91. H4B IV, 4, 81. IV, 5, 227. H6B V, 1, 124. “h. to his accomplices,” H6A V, 2, 9. “all h. unto my lord,” H6B III, 1, 93. R2 V, 6, 6. Tim. I, 1, 109. Cymb. III, 2, 46. “h. to their sheets!” Oth. II, 3, 29. Cymb. III, 5, 17. Per. I, 1, 60. “the best of h. keep with you,” Tim. I, 2, 234.
2) content, felicity: Lucr. Dedic. Tim. I, 2, 234 Lucr. 22. Gent. I, 1, 14. I, 3, 49. II, 4, 183. V, 4, 173. Ado I, 1, 102. Merch. I, 2, 7. As V, 2, 48. Shr. I, 1, 19. John III, 4, 117. H4B V, 2, 61. R3 I, 2, 209. IV, 3, 26. IV, 4, 119. IV, 4, 119 IV, 4, 119 H8 IV, 2, 64. H8 IV, 2, 64 Tit. I, 177. II, 4, 20. Rom. II, 6, 28. Tim. I, 2, 86. Oth. V, 2, 290. Cymb. V, 5, 26. Per. I, 1, 24. “she shall be to the h. of England an aged princess,” H8 V, 5, 57. == that which causes content, makes happy: “society is the h. of life,” LLL IV, 2, 168. “queen Margaret, England's h.” H6B I, 1, 37.
3) propriety, goodliness: “he hath indeed a good outward h.” Ado II, 3, 191 (== a happy exterior, a prepossessing appearance). “how pregnant his replies are! a h. that often madness hits on,” Hml. II, 2, 213. cf. All's II, 1, 185.
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