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  • Epictetus There Making Good Cheer--2-30-208
    Epictetus There Making Good Cheer--2-30-208
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cheerful being full of or promoting cheer; having or showing good spirits "her cheerful nature","a cheerful greeting","a cheerful room","as cheerful as anyone confined to a hospital bed could be"
    • adj cheerful pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic
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Additional illustrations & photos:

On the Crowd Cheered On the Crowd Cheered
Cheerful Beginner Cheerful Beginner

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At Will's first competition he competes with the sword, and after his first victory Jeff gives a little speech which recieves no response until one of Will's friends cheers. this was a mistake none of the extras spoke english and so missed their cue to start cheering, and needed a reminder from one of the lead actors. This scene was going to be shot but the director decided this was better than what they had planned.
    • a Cheerful chēr"fụl Having or showing good spirits or joy; cheering; cheery; contented; happy; joyful; lively; animated; willing. "To entertain a cheerful disposition.""The cheerful birds of sundry kind
      Do chant sweet music."
      "A cheerful confidence in the mercy of God.""This general applause and cheerful shout."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cheerful Of good cheer; having good spirits; gay; lively: said of persons.
    • cheerful Cordially willing; genial in action; hearty; ungrudging.
    • cheerful Characterized by or expressive of good spirits; associated with agreeable feelings; lively; animated: as, cheerful songs.
    • cheerful Promoting or causing cheerfulness; gladdening; animating; genial: as, the cheerful sun; a cheerful fire.
    • cheerful Synonyms Lightsome, gleeful, blithe, airy, sprightly, jocund, jolly, buoyant. See cheery.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Cheerful of good spirits: joyful: lively
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  • Blaise Pascal
    “Men never do evil so fully and cheerfully as when we do it out of conscience.”
  • James Freeman Clarke
    James Freeman Clarke
    “Never hurry. Take plenty of exercise. Always be cheerful. Take all the sleep you need. You may expect to be well.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness -- an open and noble temper.”
  • Arthur Murphy
    Arthur Murphy
    “Cheerfulness, sir, is the principle ingredient in the composition of health.”
  • Schola Salern
    Schola Salern
    “If you need medical advice, let these three things be your physicians; a cheerful mind, relaxation from business, and a moderate diet.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “The cheerful loser is the winner.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. chiere, the countenance—Low L. cara, the face.


In literature:

The enthusiasm of the crowd for Morgan spread to everybody, and mighty cheers were given in turn for all the Generals and the Mayor.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
There was good cheer for all hands, though dried fish, oat-cakes, and whisky formed the staple articles of the feast.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
They gave him three cheers, as the boat shoved off and pulled away for the frigate.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
Presently a cheer was heard from the deck.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
Their companions gave way to a hearty cheer as they reached it.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
An important service had been accomplished in the destruction of the powder, but I was in no mood for cheering.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
A loud cheer showed their satisfaction.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
Then once more we cheered, and cheered again, till our voices were hoarse.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
The announcement was received with cheers.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
It was a warm afternoon, and every one seemed cheerful "and almost intelligent," Hadria commented.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
Men waved their hats and cheered, the white handkerchiefs of women were fluttering.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
With a cheer from their shipmates they shoved off.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
Altogether a cheerful problem.
"Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie" by George Brenton Laurie
Some people learn quickly how to conserve strength, how to systematize, how to be cheerful and hopeful and to radiate thankfulness.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
Enthusiastic cheering was heard all along the route and decorations were seen everywhere in the greatest abundance.
"The Life of King Edward VII" by J. Castell Hopkins
In fact, it seemed to him that she had a cheerfulness somewhat beyond the occasion.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
We rose up to cheer a few lines, but stopped to stare.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
How lustily they cheer him!
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Grandmother was cheerful in the midst of her toil and discomfort, for what other mother had such a family of noble boys and handsome girls?
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
She knew when to stimulate him by cheerful banter and when he needed soothing.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss

In poetry:

And when wrongs come near thee
Crowding to the fight,
Let the Sense of Right
Make thee strong and cheer thee!
"The Sense Of Right" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
And my pooty little Prince
That's come our arts to cheer,
Let me my loyal powers ewince
A welcomin of you ere.
"Lines On A Late Hospicious Ewent," by William Makepeace Thackeray
The orders of thy house,
The worship of thy court,
The cheerful songs, the solemn vows,
And make a fair report.
"Psalm 48 part 2" by Isaac Watts
He leans on me, when we to school
Do every morning walk;
I cheer him on his weary way,
He loves to hear my talk:
"The Lame Brother" by Charles Lamb
I am a stranger in the land;
It gives no welcome dear;
Its lilies bloom not for my hand,
Its roses for my cheer.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
The monk swore a full great oath,
With a sorry cheer,
"Of the borowhood thou speakest to me,
Heard I never ere!"
"Robin Hood" by Henry Morley

In news:

Trying to cheer up one particular Dodger is rather dicey .
Dickie Peterson, founding member of the hard rock band Blue Cheer, died Monday in Erkelenz, Germany.
"Louder Than God": Rush's Neil Peart Remembers Blue Cheer's Dickie Peterson.
There's no need to cook when you can have the holiday cheer served to you instead at these restaurants.
Along the way, he drew cheers at Facebook headquarters and hecklers in San Francisco.
Just in time for the scrooges out there, a little Christmas cheer.
Mr Auriemma deserves cheers for condemning an injustice against elderly voters and others who will be disenfranchised if the law stands.
Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger The crowd at High Point Solutions Stadium cheers a Rutgers touchdown at a game in October.
A crowd of 2,000 cheers them on (more than attend most human surfing contests).
Brad Schneider enters the room to cheers after being announced the winner during his election night party at the Hilton Hotel in Northbrook.
Pet greeting cards spread holiday cheer, help animals in need.
With its economy sliding into recession, France could use a bit of cheering up as the holiday season approaches.
Before singer Franc D'Ambrosio could finish the song "Music of the Night," an audience of about 300 people was cheering.
Will the Tar Heels have anything to cheer about this year.

In science:

Cheerfully acknowledged, as well as a lot of support to discuss other ideas.
It is the ambiguity. (But only three generations)
DCH thanks CAMK for its cheerful hospitality during a visit when this research was begun, and MG similarly thanks Edinburgh for its hospitality during a visit, supported under grant 2 PO3D 024 19 of the Polish National Committee for Scientific Research, when it was largely completed.
A Simple Dynamical Model for Omega Cen
A girl from the home team is running by. Dan doesn’t remember her name, but his Memex reminds him in time for Dan to yell, “Go Sarah”. Her split times are looking good for the course; she ran the first two miles in less time than she has in the past. He cheers more enthusiastically.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
You find a vector that is 10 percent better than what we had initial ly,” she says cheerful ly. “Good job!” The next day, you get a ten-percent raise.
Paths Beyond Local Search: A Nearly Tight Bound for Randomized Fixed-Point Computation
This was later improved by Cheer and Goldston to κ∗ ≥ 0.6727 under the same condition.
On simple zeros of the Riemann zeta-function
Entertain the conjecture of a time, long long ago, when there lived a quantum baby of cheerful semblance and sweet ma jesty.
Bringing Up a Quantum Baby
Maybe one day someone cheers that they can be used in economics.
Measuring the Entropy and Testing the Second Law of Thermodynamics
We shall miss his cheerfulness, unfailing good sense, and scientific industry.
The Cluster of Galaxies Surrounding Cygnus A II: New Velocities and a Dynamical Model
Having indexed five papers that describe phenomena for which orientation is paramount and five for which it is not, we cheerfully call attention to Ogle et al. (2006) who say some of them are and some of them aren’t, in the sense that 45% of narrow-lined radio galaxies are misaligned quasars and the other 55% are not.
Astrophysics in 2006
Another ep collider proposal, to use the Tevatron accelerator, was put forward by a Canadian group (CHEER) .
Collider Physics at HERA
One cheer for null hypothesis significance testing.
Caveats for using statistical significance tests in research assessments
His work to rigorously understand physics is very welcome, as is his cheerful willingness to carry out thankless lab chores such as being the safety officer.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen