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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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References in classic literature ?
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.
"She is a force of nature and I found her irrepressibility and vision compelling.
Naples and Pompeii are themselves experiencing rebirths, adding an extra dimension to a show about the irrepressibility of Pompeian life.
The essay suggests that the very irrepressibility of Britain in the play stands in sharp contrast with the play's "nothings," most importantly, with the play's most famous "nothing"--Lear's kingship in name alone.
But Haneke brings his film even closer to Balanzategui's trope through the implication in Cache's final shot that Majid's son may have collaborated with Pierrot in terrorizing the Laurents, suggesting, as with the Spanish films in Balanzategui's essay, the affinity between children and the irrepressibility of national trauma.
This language knows no limits, no homeland, and no borders and, perhaps most importantly, affirms the irrepressibility of words.
Gerhardt, The Irrepressibility of Precedent, 86 N.C.
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.