- cheerfulness; merriment; mirthfulness.
- boisterous gaiety or merriment.
Origin of hilarity
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Examples from the Web for hilarities
Never since my school-boy days have I loved so well as now the hilarities of life.The Abominations of Modern Society
Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
- mirth and merriment; cheerfulness
Word Origin and History for hilarities
mid-15c., from Latin hilaritatem (nominative hilaritas) "cheerfulness, gaiety, merriment," from hilaris "cheerful, gay," from Greek hilaros "cheerful, gay, merry, joyous," related to hilaos "graceful, kindly." In ancient Rome, Hilaria (neuter plural of hilaris) were a class of holidays, times of pomp and rejoicing; there were public ones in honor of Cybele at the spring equinoxes as well as private ones on the day of a marriage or a son's birth.