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jocularity

[jok-yuh-lar-i-tee] /ˌdʒɒk yəˈlær ɪ ti/
noun, plural jocularities.
1.
the state or quality of being jocular.
2.
jocular speech or behavior.
3.
a jocular remark or act.
Origin of jocularity
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; jocular + -ity
Related forms
overjocularity, noun
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  • From this moment, Mr Montague's jocularity and flow of spirits were remarkable.

  • Beneath his jocularity, Phil felt a tremendous sinking within him.

    The Einstein See-Saw Miles John Breuer
  • These professors of science and magic and jocularity had never before been absent.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • In spite of the jocularity of his words, Jim's voice sounded hollow.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman

    Albert Walter Tolman
  • "Don't let it distress you," he said, with an attempt at jocularity.

    Afterwards Kathlyn Rhodes
  • The result of this jocularity was briefly given in a later copy of "The Avalanche."

  • Men in London, in England, were not sufficiently light of touch in their jocularity.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • And now is the time when the masters show their wit and jocularity.

    Rowlandson's Oxford A. Hamilton Gibbs
  • In the face he looked in vain for any indication of jocularity.

    The Cock and Anchor Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Word Origin and History for jocularity
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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