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[joh-kos-i-tee, juh-] /dʒoʊˈkɒs ɪ ti, dʒə-/
noun, plural jocosities.
the state or quality of being jocose.
joking or jesting.
a joke or jest.
Origin of jocosity
1640-50; jocose + -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In this letter there is a tone of jocosity with reference to the victim, which filled me with horror.

    The Commission in Lunacy Honore de Balzac
  • The purity of woman and the reality of religion are not considered topics for jocosity.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • "Winter beginning to show his teeth," said one man, with an effort at jocosity.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • "I'll give you a penny for them thoughts," he said, with an air of jocosity.

  • In fact, there was no political rancor outside of the newspapers, and that was tempered with jocosity.

    Years of My Youth William Dean Howells
  • But it was only with a favoured few that she descended to jocosity.

    A Book of Bryn Mawr Stories Marian T. MacIntosh
  • Miss Joanna Baillie tried her hand at an imitation, but the jocosity of the real thing is not feminine.

  • The result was apparent in the jocosity of this heavy Mr. Mavering's reply.

    April Hopes William Dean Howells
  • Let him amuse the children, relax with jocosity the sternness of adults, and wreathe into smiles the wrinkles of old age.

  • On the present occasion he welcomed Arkady with all the bonhomie, all the jocosity, of an "enlightened" bigwig.

    Fathers and Sons Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
Word Origin and History for jocosity

1640s; see jocose + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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