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blithe

[blahyth, blahyth] /blaɪð, blaɪθ/
adjective, blither, blithest.
1.
joyous, merry, or happy in disposition; glad; cheerful:
Everyone loved her for her blithe spirit.
2.
without thought or regard; carefree; heedless:
a blithe indifference to anyone's feelings.
Origin of blithe
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English blīthe; cognate with Old Norse blīthr, Old High German blīdi, Gothic bleiths
Related forms
blitheful, adjective
blithefully, adverb
blithely, adverb
blitheness, noun
overblithe, adjective
Synonyms
1. happy, mirthful, sprightly, light-hearted, buoyant, joyful, blithesome.
Antonyms
1. joyless.
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Examples from the Web for blitheness
Historical Examples
  • He wore an air of blitheness which, though silent, was overdone.

    Bonaventure

    George Washington Cable
  • Certainly of Greek blitheness and directness there was no trace.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Thereupon they parted with no blitheness, and Cormac went to his ship.

  • “Not in it with the Cubs,” he announced, blitheness in his manner.

    What's-His-Name George Barr McCutcheon
  • All the blitheness was with Nikolaus; we others could not shake off our depression.

  • The blitheness of their humor, therefore, contained also a seasoning of carelessness.

    The Eddy Clarence L. Cullen
  • I am not exaggerating when I relate that the days now passed with blitheness.

    The Cassowary Stanley Waterloo
  • It is strange to look back and recall with what blitheness we prepared to leave.

    More Tish

    Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • To serve, one cannot avoid that; but to serve with blitheness, that is the secret.

    The Silent Isle

    Arthur Christopher Benson
  • A clear sweet humor and blitheness of heart blend in this romance.

    Literary and Social Essays George William Curtis
British Dictionary definitions for blitheness

blithe

/blaɪð/
adjective
1.
very happy or cheerful
2.
heedless; casual and indifferent
Derived Forms
blithely, adverb
blitheness, noun
Word Origin
Old English blīthe
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Word Origin and History for blitheness

blithe

adj.

Old English bliþe "joyous, kind, cheerful, pleasant," from Proto-Germanic *blithiz "gentle, kind" (cf. Old Saxon bliði "bright, happy," Middle Dutch blide, Dutch blijde, Old Norse bliðr "mild, gentle," Old High German blidi "gay, friendly," Gothic bleiþs "kind, friendly, merciful").

Rare since 16c. No cognates outside Germanic. "The earlier application was to the outward expression of kindly feeling, sympathy, affection to others, as in Gothic and ON.; but in OE. the word had come more usually to be applied to the external manifestation of one's own pleased or happy frame of mind, and hence even to the state itself." [OED]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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