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levity

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɛvɪti
 
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Definition of levity in English:

noun (plural levities)

[mass noun]
The treatment of a serious matter with humour or lack of due respect: as an attempt to introduce a note of levity, the words were a disastrous flop
More example sentences
  • As bad and as damaging as this in-house report is, we are told that it was all a matter of levity and humour.
  • Maybe it was too much levity given the subject matter.
  • There is no excuse or reason for levity or humour on a day like yesterday.
Synonyms
light-heartedness, carefreeness, light-mindedness, high spirits, vivacity, liveliness, conviviality, cheerfulness, cheeriness, humour, gaiety, fun, jocularity, hilarity, frivolity, frivolousness, amusement, mirth, laughter, merriment, glee, comedy, funniness, wit, wittiness, jollity, joviality, joking, drollery, good cheer, sportiveness, nonsense, irreverence, facetiousness, flippancy, blitheness, triviality, silliness, foolishness, childishness, giddiness, skittishness

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin levitas, from levis 'light'.

More
  • elevate from (Late Middle English):

    The word elevate is from Latin elevare ‘to raise’, based on levis ‘light’, found also in alleviate (Late Middle English) ‘lighten’, levity (mid 16th century), relieve (Middle English), and the leaven (Middle English) used in bread-making to lighten the loaf.

Words that rhyme with levity

brevity, longevity

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