No one can dip into the Doctor without being convinced of this buoyancy of spirit, quickness of fancy, and blitheness of heart.
“Not in it with the Cubs,” he announced, blitheness in his manner.
The blitheness of the antique spirit is tempered by the sadness of the modern mind.
All the blitheness was with Nikolaus; we others could not shake off our depression.
He wore an air of blitheness which, though silent, was overdone.
The blitheness of their humor, therefore, contained also a seasoning of carelessness.
But this attempt to save the native Greek character for "blitheness" and humanity must not be pushed too far.
And mamma, to have had her in all her joyousness and blitheness, with no ill health, and no cares!
He sat down by the fire listening and brooding—humming a little tune meanwhile to assure her of the blitheness of his spirits.
If such men's blitheness was already waning, what must the outlook be to the lukewarm and refractory!
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]