- lightness of mind, character, or behavior; lack of appropriate seriousness or earnestness.
- an instance or exhibition of this.
- lightness in weight.
Origin of levity
1555–65; < Latin levitās lightness, frivolity, equivalent to levi(s) light + -tās -ty2
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Related Wordsmirth, giddiness, repartee, hilarity, frivolity, festivity, jocularity, flippancy, picnic, buoyancy, triviality, pleasantry, folly, foolishness, wit, happiness, lightheartedness, trifling, absurdity, amusement
Examples from the Web for levity
For a moment of levity, Leo was challenged by David Beckham to do the ALS ice water bucket challenge.Our Trip to The Climate War's Ground Zero
September 19, 2014
She hopes it retains a genuine realness, “which is what audiences respond to,” alongside its levity.Watching Us, Watching Them: On ‘The People’s Couch’
March 20, 2014
The moments of levity and convincing depravity make the film both entertaining and nauseatingly voyeuristic.Joaquin Phoenix's Gonzo Act
September 8, 2010
Like the Porter in Macbeth, his role is to provide a moment of levity in otherwise grim and serious times.Berlusconi Burlesque
September 23, 2009
When it comes to fighting “the enemy,” there is no time for levity.He's Ba-a-a-ack!
December 3, 2008
Kitty should not have smiled, but she did; she should have rebuked his levity, but she didn't.In the Midst of Alarms
The dismay and the scorn of Mr Verloc found vent in an attempt at levity.
For the Assistant Commissioner was not constitutionally inclined to levity.
How sad that the word "giddy" is used to imply wantonness or levity!Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
And I must strongly object to the spirit of levity which I find in your paper.
- inappropriate lack of seriousness
- fickleness or instability
- archaic lightness in weight
C16: from Latin levitās lightness, from levis light
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Word Origin and History for levity
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