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noun, plural lev·i·ties.
  1. lightness of mind, character, or behavior; lack of appropriate seriousness or earnestness.
  2. an instance or exhibition of this.
  3. fickleness.
  4. lightness in weight.

Origin of levity

1555–65; < Latin levitās lightness, frivolity, equivalent to levi(s) light + -tās -ty2

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noun plural -ties
  1. inappropriate lack of seriousness
  2. fickleness or instability
  3. archaic lightness in weight

Word Origin for levity

C16: from Latin levitās lightness, from levis light
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Word Origin and History for levity

"want of seriousness, frivolity," 1560s, from Latin levitatem (nominative levitas) "lightness, frivolity," from levis "light" in weight (see lever) + -ity.

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