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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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Notably, Aschenbach's Apollonian upbringing did not offer the youthful blitheness that he admires in Tadzio, he had "never known youth's idleness, its carefree negligent ways," nor had he enjoyed the conventional male-male camaraderie that he observes between Tadzio and Jasiu.
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There is a certain blitheness to the conversations around the current disruption, a kind of "great cycle of life" belief that the old institutions will be weakened and that the new institutions will then automatically take their place.
As mentioned before, the Trojans basically bubble over with carefree blitheness in the first half of the poem.
Yvette had some of the vague, careless blitheness of She-who-was-Cynthia" (7).
Moreover, the blitheness of the proposal to eliminate the express requirement hardly contributes to any transparency aim.
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It's worse outside of Metro Manila, where commentators in local radio get to accuse people of all sorts of things with astonishing blitheness.
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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.