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 (blīth, blīth)
adj. blith·er, blith·est
1. Carefree and lighthearted.
2. Lacking or showing a lack of due concern; casual: spoke with blithe ignorance of the true situation.

[Middle English, from Old English blīthe.]

blithe′ly adv.
blithe′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blitheness - a feeling of spontaneous good spiritsblitheness - a feeling of spontaneous good spirits; "his cheerfulness made everyone feel better"
happiness - emotions experienced when in a state of well-being
buoyancy, perkiness - cheerfulness that bubbles to the surface
carefreeness, insouciance, lightheartedness, lightsomeness - the cheerful feeling you have when nothing is troubling you


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A leftist Oxford professor I know once told me it was the blitheness of the upper class's unrepentance that drives him up the wall.
What might be confidence starts to come across as careless blitheness.
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While there was little in the way of emotional depth to such a characterization, Piercy was wonderfully dear and one felt her performance was shoehorned into the production's prevailing blitheness.
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