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[fri-vol-i-tee] /frɪˈvɒl ɪ ti/
noun, plural frivolities for 2.
the quality or state of being frivolous:
the frivolity of Mardi Gras.
a frivolous act or thing:
It was a frivolity he had a hard time living down.
Origin of frivolity
1790-1800; < French frivolité. See frivolous, -ity
Can be confused
frivolity, frivolousness.
1. self-indulgence, irresponsibility, triviality, abandon, levity, foolishness. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I will go to the frivolity myself, and see whether I can learn anything about it there.

    A Life Sentence Adeline Sergeant
  • Excitement, sensuality, frivolity, and meanness go together.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • To the outward world he was the magnificent seigneur, intent only on display and frivolity.

  • This piece of frivolity can well be pardoned on account of its absurdity.

    The Girl Wanted Nixon Waterman
  • Iris could not remain serious for many consecutive minutes, but she gathered that he was in no mood for frivolity.

Word Origin and History for frivolity

1796, from French frivolité, from Old French frivole "frivolous," from Latin frivolus (see frivolous).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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