I'm putting this as a separate question though I already asked it here. That's because either I will learn more about using the adjective good or I'll know more about how a phrasal noun which refers to some grief takes a positive adjective?

What is good in Good Friday? An adjective, isn't it? But then if it's really good, how does it justify its meaning? As Good Friday is certainly a very sad day to lose such a person of God. Where's the goodness in that? Is there any positive adjective that's used this way forming a noun-phrase which actually means exactly opposite to that (A bad Friday?, indeed a bad day as we lost him). I'm choosing the tag 'Word Choice' here.

  • This is etymology. Good Friday isn't understood as "a Friday that is good", and most people who use the phrase have no idea where the "good" part came from.
    – user230
    Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 10:39
  • @snailplane I see. I really wonder where is the 'goodness' in that Friday. In that sense, I'm more convinced with 'Black Friday'. Helix answer is nice as well.
    – Maulik V
    Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 10:42

2 Answers 2


Although the origin of Good Friday is contested, the phrase can mean Holy Friday.

For a religious answer: the same question on Christianity.SE.

  • Oh, I din' think of it. Thanks. It's really a good one!
    – Maulik V
    Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 10:17

I had always been perplexed as to why the day commemorating the worst day in recorded history would be qualified as good. But synonyms of good are virtuous, righteous, or commendable. Good Friday is the day Christ submitted to the will of God to be crucified. So, good refers to the virtues of Christ, not the day. Still, I think the Holiday should be renamed.

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