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jocularity

[jok-yuh-lar-i-tee] /ˌdʒɒk yəˈlær ɪ ti/
noun, plural jocularities.
1.
the state or quality of being jocular.
2.
jocular speech or behavior.
3.
a jocular remark or act.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; jocular + -ity
Related forms
overjocularity, noun
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Examples from the web for jocularity
  • Most humor that reaches us is merely jocularity, and it is well to be jocular only when really funny.
  • Mercifully, the group kept faux jocularity to a minimum.
  • Ocean was awake and disposed to jocularity, and his little neighbor was fain to meet him in the same mood.
  • The game is interrupted but not enjoined by the commissioner himself, as jocularity spirals into obsessive behavior.
  • Themes inevitably emerge from the narratives, but their exposition is either muted or cloaked in apologetic jocularity.
Word Origin and History for jocularity
n.

1640s, from Medieval Latin iocularitas "jocular, facetious," from iocularis (see jocular).

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