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merriment

[mer-ee-muh nt, mer-i‐] /ˈmɛr i mənt, ˈmɛr ɪ‐/
noun
1.
cheerful or joyful gaiety; mirth; hilarity; laughter.
2.
Obsolete. a cause of mirth; a jest, entertainment, etc.
Origin of merriment
1570-1580
First recorded in 1570-80; merry + -ment
Related forms
overmerriment, noun
Synonyms
1. See mirth.
Antonyms
1. misery, melancholy.
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merriment

/ˈmɛrɪmənt/
noun
1.
gaiety, fun, or mirth
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Word Origin and History for merriment
n.

1570s, "comedic entertainment," from merry + -ment. General sense of "mirth" is from 1580s.

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