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Related to irrepressibility: making merry, high handed


Difficult or impossible to control or restrain: irrepressible laughter.

ir′re·press′i·bil′i·ty, ir′re·press′i·ble·ness n.
ir′re·press′i·bly adv.
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Noun1.irrepressibility - irrepressible liveliness and good spirit; "I admired his buoyancy and persistent good humor"
sprightliness, liveliness, spirit, life - animation and energy in action or expression; "it was a heavy play and the actors tried in vain to give life to it"
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Breaking so violently through the commonplaceness and formality of the age, however, they offer eloquent testimony to the irrepressibility of the romantic instinct in human nature.
Naples and Pompeii are themselves experiencing rebirths, adding an extra dimension to a show about the irrepressibility of Pompeian life.
This language knows no limits, no homeland, and no borders and, perhaps most importantly, affirms the irrepressibility of words.
Argentina lost captain Agustin Creevy to injury, but there was an irrepressibility about their play and only desperate tackles prevented wing Santiago Cordero and centre Juan Martin Hernandez from scoring.
The irrepressibility of Yezierska's protagonists strikes Dewey's characters as perhaps admirable in some ways and evidence for the charm and color of the Jewish ghetto, but such immigrant energy is also uncouth, a sign that these young immigrant women are unready or unfit to join refined, highly educated circles.
This character's positive traits are traced back to a childhood and girlhood that evinced irrepressibility just as the author claims she witnessed in women around her as a child and adult.
The irrepressibility of that prejudice surprises Demshuk, and while he ostensibly opposes it he remains unable to repudiate it on the basis of historical facts.
Her extensive career in health sciences librarianship leaves a legacy of wit, dedication, irrepressibility, irreverence, charm, elegance, and love of her profession and of life.
The irrepressibility of the sf imagination is perhaps best captured in David Hartwell's comment regarding what Geoff Ryman and others term mundane sf: "it's a perfectly reasonable attitude to hold except it takes away my space opera, and so, you know, I don't want my space opera taken away" (198); I can relate to that.
Green Man," for example, makes merry with the little gargoyle-like figures "smirking fertility / in a dusty corner" or "disgorging vegetation / down a pillar" who have the innate magic to "make even stone live / turn it into bread / that feeds my hunger / for irrepressibility reality" (64-65).
See LESSIG, supra note 134, at 15 (noting the irrepressibility of mash-ups).
The interviewer, Studs Terkel, asks: "In this, the irrepressibility, the irrepressibleness of your Cousin Vit .