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Saturday, December 18, 1999

Definitions for levity

  1. Lightness of manner or speech, especially when inappropriate or excessive; frivolity.
  2. Lack of steadiness or constancy; changeableness.

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Citations for levity
They sat there in their formal bargeman's rig . . . looking solemn: they were part of a ceremony, and levity, winking, whispering, smiling, had no place in it. Patrick O'Brian, The Hundred Days
I must say that if the doctor was indulging in levity at my expense, it is a levity I find in the worst possible taste. Alfred Alcorn, Murder in the Museum of Man
Origin of levity
Levity is from Latin levitas, from levis, "light."