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levity

noun

Definition: 1. an inappropriate lack of seriousness; 2. lightness of manner

Synonyms: lightness, silliness, giddiness, frivolity, foolishness, flippancy, cheerfulness, humor

Antonyms: seriousness, gravity

Tips: Levity originates from the Latin word levis, "light." It has almost conflicting definitions and uses. In one aspect, itís an inappropriate lack of seriousness, while in the other, it is good-humored cheerfulness. Levity is the opposite of gravity. Please see gravity for further analysis.

Usage Examples:

The levity in which he discussed the serious topic offended many people. (lightness, flippancy)

Timís jokes provided the only levity in an otherwise dull and boring night. (cheerfulness, humor, lightness)

Though the memorial service was a solemn occasion, some of the speakers provided levity with a few good-natured jokes. (humor, cheer)

The funny anecdote he told at his Father's funeral provided a brief moment of levity amid the sadness of the day. (humor, cheer)


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