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hilarity

[ hi-lar-i-tee, -lair-, hahy- ]
/ hɪˈlær ɪ ti, -ˈlɛər-, haɪ- /
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noun
cheerfulness; merriment; mirthfulness.
boisterous gaiety or merriment.
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Origin of hilarity

1560–70; earlier hilaritie, from Latin hilaritās, equivalent to hilari(s) (see hilarious) + -tās-ty2

synonym study for hilarity

2. See mirth.

OTHER WORDS FROM hilarity

hy·per·hi·lar·i·ty, noun
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How to use hilarity in a sentence

  • He dreamed of Vienna as one continual debauch, one never-ceasing saturnalia, an eternal tournament of perfumed hilarities.

    Europe After 8:15|H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for hilarity

hilarity
/ (hɪˈlærɪtɪ) /

noun
mirth and merriment; cheerfulness
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