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jocularity

[jok-yuh-lar-i-tee]
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noun, plural joc·u·lar·i·ties.
  1. the state or quality of being jocular.
  2. jocular speech or behavior.
  3. a jocular remark or act.
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Origin of jocularity

First recorded in 1640–50; jocular + -ity
Related formso·ver·joc·u·lar·i·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for jocularities

Historical Examples

  • Krupp received the jocularities with the enigmatic good-fellow air with which he received everything.

    The Price of Love

    Arnold Bennett

  • The jocularities referred to have no interest to the solemn, imperturbable Mule save when he is an object of their malevolence.

  • Not that the jocularities were inane beyond the usual, but failure made them seem so.

    The Pretty Lady

    Arnold E. Bennett


Word Origin and History for jocularities

jocularity

n.

1640s, from Medieval Latin iocularitas "jocular, facetious," from iocularis (see jocular).

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