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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.
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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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