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hilarity

Syllabification: hi·lar·i·ty
Pronunciation: /həˈlerədē
 
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Definition of hilarity in English:

noun

1Extreme amusement, especially when expressed by laughter: his incredulous expression was the cause of much hilarity
More example sentences
  • There'll probably be a lot of laughter and hilarity, because the owner of the restaurant is absolutely hilarious.
  • The film veers in its perfectly-plotted course from absolute hilarity to extreme poignancy.
  • Meg made a face that was between confusion and extreme hilarity.
Synonyms
amusement, mirth, laughter, merriment, lightheartedness, levity, fun, humor, jocularity, jollity, gaiety, delight, glee, exuberance, high spirits;
comedy
1.1Boisterous merriment: the noisy hilarity of the streets

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'cheerfulness'): from French hilarité, from Latin hilaritas 'cheerfulness, merriment', from hilaris (see hilarious).

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  • exhilarate from (mid 16th century):

    This is from Latin exhilarare ‘make cheerful’, based on hilaris ‘cheerful’ source of hilarity (Late Middle English).

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