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[blahyth, blahyth] /blaɪð, blaɪθ/
adjective, blither, blithest.
joyous, merry, or gay in disposition; glad; cheerful:
Everyone loved her for her blithe spirit.
without thought or regard; carefree; heedless:
a blithe indifference to anyone's feelings.
before 1000; Middle English; Old English blīthe; cognate with Old Norse blīthr, Old High German blīdi, Gothic bleiths
Related forms
blitheful, adjective
blithefully, adverb
blithely, adverb
blitheness, noun
overblithe, adjective
1. happy, mirthful, sprightly, light-hearted, buoyant, joyful, blithesome.
1. joyless. Unabridged
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  • They blithely ignored gas pipes, thereby endangering the public.
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  • They circulate freely among the techno-cognoscenti, and it is striking how blithely they are uttered and accepted.
  • What the markets blithely ignored was the day's bad news.
  • And they worry about the way technocrats blithely trample individual efforts and override local knowledge.
  • There's no denying that the reverence now accorded this blithely solemn artist took an unconscionably long time in coming.
  • Even so, councils have been blithely granting builders permission for new developments.
  • To be blithely optimistic, this process might gather a momentum of its own.
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  • But in some ways, the current blithely optimistic doublespeak is worse.
British Dictionary definitions for blithely


very happy or cheerful
heedless; casual and indifferent
Derived Forms
blithely, adverb
blitheness, noun
Word Origin
Old English blīthe
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Word Origin and History for blithely



Old English bliþe "joyous, kind, cheerful, pleasant," from Proto-Germanic *blithiz "gentle, kind" (cf. Old Saxon bliði "bright, happy," Middle Dutch blide, Dutch blijde, Old Norse bliðr "mild, gentle," Old High German blidi "gay, friendly," Gothic bleiþs "kind, friendly, merciful").

Rare since 16c. No cognates outside Germanic. "The earlier application was to the outward expression of kindly feeling, sympathy, affection to others, as in Gothic and ON.; but in OE. the word had come more usually to be applied to the external manifestation of one's own pleased or happy frame of mind, and hence even to the state itself." [OED]

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