jovial

[joh-vee-uhl]
adjective
1.
endowed with or characterized by a hearty, joyous humor or a spirit of good-fellowship: a wonderfully jovial host.
2.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the god Jove, or Jupiter.

Origin:
1580–90; < Medieval Latin joviālis of Jupiter (the planet, supposed to exert a happy influence), equivalent to Latin jovi- (see Jovian) + -ālis -al1

jovially, adverb
jovialness, noun
unjovial, adjective
unjovially, adverb

jocose, jocular, jocund, jovial (see synonym study at the current entry).


1. merry, jolly, convivial, gay, joyful, mirthful. Jovial, jocose, jocular, jocund agree in referring to someone who is in a good humor. Jovial suggests a hearty, joyous humor: a jovial person. Jocose refers to that which causes laughter; it suggests someone who is playful and given to jesting: with jocose and comical airs. Jocular means humorous, facetious, mirthful, and waggish: jocular enough to keep up the spirits of all around him. Jocund now a literary word, suggests a cheerful, light-hearted, and sprightly gaiety: glad and jocund company.


1. gloomy.
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jovial (ˈdʒəʊvɪəl)
 
adj
having or expressing convivial humour; jolly
 
[C16: from Latin joviālis of (the planet) Jupiter, considered by astrologers to foster good humour]
 
jovi'ality
 
n
 
'jovialness
 
n
 
'jovially
 
adv

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jovial
1590, from Fr., from It. joviale, lit. "pertaining to Jupiter," from L. Jovialis "of Jupiter," from Jovius (used as gen. of Juppiter) "Jupiter," Roman god of the sky. The meaning "good-humored, merry," is from astrological belief that those born under the sign of the planet Jupiter are of such dispositions.
In classical L., the compound Juppiter replaced Old L. Jovis as the god's name. Jovian, in ref. to the planet Jupiter, is from 1794.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
JOVIAL
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Example sentences
Atop the beige vehicle a cluster of protesters rode jovially with three soldiers, one of whom was driving the tank.
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