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frivolity

[fri-vol-i-tee] /frɪˈvɒl ɪ ti/
noun, plural frivolities for 2.
1.
the quality or state of being frivolous:
the frivolity of Mardi Gras.
2.
a frivolous act or thing:
It was a frivolity he had a hard time living down.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < French frivolité. See frivolous, -ity
Can be confused
frivolity, frivolousness.
Synonyms
1. self-indulgence, irresponsibility, triviality, abandon, levity, foolishness.
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Examples from the web for frivolity
  • And few have so nimbly walked the line between function and frivolity.
  • Interviews are expected to have a small amount of frivolity.
  • In political circles, fashion is a loaded term, smacking of frivolity and vanity.
  • The town's mayor and the school's principal make sure the place runs on a tight schedule that is short on fun and frivolity.
  • The film seems to know it, thankfully, and flaunts its frivolity aggressively with camp and lewd humor.
  • All this frivolity provided some of the energy and exuberance of a state fair.
  • The apparent frivolity of the challenge is only on the surface.
  • But the movie's seductive frivolity also has a negative effect.
  • Drinking bottled water now, more than ever, is a sign of either wealth or frivolity.
  • But through all of the frivolity, there was a concern about the country.
Word Origin and History for frivolity
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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