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fes·tiv·i·ty

 (fĕ-stĭv′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. fes·tiv·i·ties
1. A joyous feast, holiday, or celebration; a festival.
2. The joy and merriment of a festival or celebration.
3. festivities The proceedings or events of a festival.

festivity

(fɛsˈtɪvɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. merriment characteristic of a festival, party, etc
2. any festival or other celebration
3. (plural) festive proceedings; celebrations

fes•tiv•i•ty

(fɛˈstɪv ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. a festive celebration or occasion.
2. festivities, festive events or activities.
3. festive character or quality.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Old French) < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.festivity - any joyous diversionfestivity - any joyous diversion      
agon - a festivity in ancient Greece at which competitors contended for prizes
diversion, recreation - an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; "scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists"; "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles"; "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"
jollification, merrymaking, conviviality - a boisterous celebration; a merry festivity
feria - (in Spanish speaking regions) a local festival or fair, usually in honor of some patron saint
festival, fete - an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place); "a drama festival"
gala, gala affair, jamboree, blowout - a gay festivity
Ludi Saeculares, secular games - the centennial rites and games of ancient Rome that marked the commencement of a new generation (100 years representing the longest life in a generation); observances may have begun as early as the 5th century BC and lasted well into the Christian era
victory celebration - a celebration following a victory in a battle or sports competition

festivity

noun
1. merrymaking, fun, pleasure, amusement, mirth, gaiety, merriment, revelry, conviviality, joviality, joyfulness, jollification, sport There was a general air of festivity and abandon.
2. (often plural) celebration, party, festival, entertainment, rave (Brit. slang), beano (Brit. slang), fun and games, rave-up (Brit. slang), jollification, festive event, carousal, festive proceedings, hooley or hoolie (chiefly Irish & N.Z.) The festivities included a firework display.

festivity

noun
1. The act of showing joyful satisfaction in an event:
celebration, merrymaking, rejoicing, revel (often used in plural), revelry.
2. A large or important social gathering:
Informal: do.
Slang: bash.
3. Joyful, exuberant activity:
Translations
إحْتِفال، إحْتِفالات
slavnost
festivitasmunterhed
hátíîahald

festivity

[fesˈtɪvɪtɪ] N
1. (= celebration) → fiesta f, festividad f; (= joy) → regocijo m
2. festivitiesfestejos mpl, fiestas fpl

festivity

[fɛsˈtɪvɪti] nfête f

festivity

n
(= gaiety)Feststimmung f, → Feiertagsstimmung f; there was an air of festivity in the officeim Büro herrschte Feststimmung f
(= celebration)Feier f; festivities pl (= festive proceedings)Feierlichkeiten pl, → Festivitäten pl (hum)

festivity

[fɛsˈtɪvɪtɪ] n
a. (festival) → festa
b. (celebrations) festivities nplfesteggiamenti mpl

festive

(ˈfestiv) adjective
happy and (as if) celebrating. a festive atmosphere.
feˈstivity (-ˈsti-) plural feˈstivities noun
a celebration. Come and join in the festivities.
References in classic literature ?
The mere smell of such festivity, making its way to everybody's nostrils, was at once an invitation and an appetite.
In the old times there was once a great company assembled at the castle, and festivity ran high.
In spite of this little rub, however, Emma was smiling with enjoyment, delighted to see the respectable length of the set as it was forming, and to feel that she had so many hours of unusual festivity before her.
Everything was very good; we did not spare the wine; and he exerted himself so brilliantly to make the thing pass off well, that there was no pause in our festivity.
She assented, and we sought one of the many radiating centres of festivity in the neighbourhood.
This prospect of fresh festivity redoubled the hilarity of the guests to such a degree, that the elder Dantes, who, at the commencement of the repast, had commented upon the silence that prevailed, now found it difficult, amid the general din of voices, to obtain a moment's tranquillity in which to drink to the health and prosperity of the bride and bride-groom.
You must not look for any dancing or festivity or entertainment of guests, for our gala times are still in the air.
And so the good La Ramee made a festivity of the little supper with his prisoner.
The officers of the British army, and the loyal gentry of the province, most of whom were collected within the beleaguered town, had been invited to a masked ball; for it was the policy of Sir William Howe to hide the distress and danger of the period, and the desperate aspect of the siege, under an ostentation of festivity.
They had been joyous throughout that day of festivity, mingling together in all kinds of play, so that the house had echoed with their airy mirth.
Unless some particular festivity was going forward, the inmates of Marheyo's house retired to their mats rather early in the evening; but not for the night, since, after slumbering lightly for a while, they rose again, relit their tapers, partook of the third and last meal of the day, at which poee-poee alone was eaten, and then, after inhaling a narcotic whiff from a pipe of tobacco, disposed themselves for the great business of night, sleep.
I have heard many noises since, but nothing that gave me such an intimate impression of the savage instincts hidden in the breast of mankind; these yells of festivity suggested agonizing fear, rage of murder, ferocity of lust, and the irremediable joylessness of human condition: yet they were emitted by people who were convinced that they were amusing themselves supremely, traditionally, with the sanction of ages, with the approval of their conscience - and no mistake about it whatever