levity


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lev·i·ty

 (lĕv′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. lev·i·ties
1. Humor, merriment, or a lack of seriousness, especially when inappropriate: a subject that should not be treated with levity.
2. Archaic Inconstancy; changeableness.
3. Archaic The state or quality of being light; buoyancy.

[Latin levitās, from levis, light; see legwh- in Indo-European roots.]

levity

(ˈlɛvɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. inappropriate lack of seriousness
2. fickleness or instability
3. archaic lightness in weight
[C16: from Latin levitās lightness, from levis light]

lev•i•ty

(ˈlɛv ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. lightness of mind, character, or behavior, esp. when inappropriate.
2. an instance or exhibition of this.
3. fickleness.
[1555–65; < Latin levitās <levis light]

levity

a hypothetical force, opposed to gravity, once believed to be a property inherent in certain bodies or materials.
See also: Gravity
frivolous or lighthearted behavior or attitude; an unserious approach to life. See also humor.
See also: Attitudes
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.levity - feeling an inappropriate lack of seriousness
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
playfulness, gaiety - a festive merry feeling
solemnity, gravity - a solemn and dignified feeling
2.levity - a manner lacking seriousness
frivolity, frivolousness - the trait of being frivolous; not serious or sensible
flippancy, light-mindedness - inappropriate levity; "her mood changed and she was all lightness and joy"
humorousness, jocoseness, merriness, jocosity - the trait of merry joking

levity

Translations
lehkovážnost

levity

[ˈlevɪtɪ] N (frm) (= frivolity) → ligereza f, frivolidad f

levity

[ˈlɛvɪti] nlégèreté f

levity

levity

[ˈlɛvɪtɪ] (frm) n (frivolity) → frivolezza; (flippancy) → leggerezza
References in classic literature ?
Only my own levity is at fault; still more, the fact that I am so weary of life.
Child of levity and scoffing," replied the other; "you err again, misled by these humble habiliments.
But although no man with less scruple made his ordinary habits and feelings bend to his interest, it was the misfortune of this Prince, that his levity and petulance were perpetually breaking out, and undoing all that had been gained by his previous dissimulation.
If the Mediterranean, the venerable (and sometimes atrociously ill- tempered) nurse of all navigators, was to rock my youth, the providing of the cradle necessary for that operation was entrusted by Fate to the most casual assemblage of irresponsible young men(all, however, older than myself) that, as if drunk with Provencal sunshine, frittered life away in joyous levity on the model of Balzac's "Histoire des Treize" qualified by a dash of romance DE CAPE ET D'EPEE.
It seemed to him this evening as if the cruelty of his outburst to Rosamond had made an obligation for him, and he dreaded the obligation: he dreaded Lydgate's unsuspecting good-will: he dreaded his own distaste for his spoiled life, which would leave him in motiveless levity.
David watched my preparations with distasteful levity, but anon made a noble amend by abruptly offering me his foot as if he had no longer use for it, and I knew by intuition that he expected me to take off his boots.
But Arthur will never consent to that: he knows he has rejected the clergyman's well-meant admonitions with scoffing levity at other times, and cannot dream of turning to him for consolation now.
Attempts of this kind would not often be made with levity or rashness, because they could seldom be made without danger to the authors, unless in cases of a tyrannical exercise of the federal authority.
The recent wreck had dismayed even the voyageurs, and the fate of their popular comrade, Clappine, one of the most adroit and experienced of their fraternity, had struck sorrow to their hearts, for with all their levity, these thoughtless beings have great kindness towards each other.
They that desire to excel in too many matters, out of levity and vain glory, are ever envious.
And when he killed for revenge, or in self-defense, he did that also without hysteria, for it was a very businesslike proceeding which admitted of no levity.
In a word, as the whole relation is carefully garbled of all the levity and looseness that was in it, so it all applied, and with the utmost care, to virtuous and religious uses.