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jollity

[jol-i-tee] /ˈdʒɒl ɪ ti/
noun, plural jollities.
1.
jolly or merry mood, condition, or activity; gaiety.
2.
jollities, jolly festivities.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English jolite < Old French, equivalent to joli(f) gay (see jolly) + -te -ty2
Synonyms
1. See mirth.
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Examples from the web for jollity
  • His behaviour was marked by an oddly prankish streak and outbursts of genuine jollity.
  • Behind the humour and the jollity you sense a self-controlling inner steel.
  • As ruler, he was stuck there, pining for the jollity of the old days.
  • There is, however, a darker side to all this jollity.
  • What these judgments miss is that jollity can be a form of strength.
  • When jollity does break out, it is with a desperate sense of strain.
  • Then followed light refreshments, and for a time fan and jollity reigned.
  • All the society people were there, as well as many that arc not often seen at places of jollity.
British Dictionary definitions for jollity

jollity

/ˈdʒɒlɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the condition of being jolly
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Word Origin and History for jollity
n.

c.1300, jolyfte, iolite, from Old French jolivete "gaity, cheerfulness; amorous passion; life of pleasure," from jolif (see jolly).

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