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levity

[lev-i-tee] /ˈlɛv ɪ ti/
noun, plural levities.
1.
lightness of mind, character, or behavior; lack of appropriate seriousness or earnestness.
2.
an instance or exhibition of this.
4.
lightness in weight.
Origin of levity
1555-1565
1555-65; < Latin levitās lightness, frivolity, equivalent to levi(s) light + -tās -ty2
Synonyms
1, 2. frivolity, flippancy, triviality, giddiness.
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levity

/ˈlɛvɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
inappropriate lack of seriousness
2.
fickleness or instability
3.
(archaic) lightness in weight
Word Origin
C16: from Latin levitās lightness, from levis light
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Word Origin and History for levity
n.

"want of seriousness, frivolity," 1560s, from Latin levitatem (nominative levitas) "lightness, frivolity," from levis "light" in weight (see lever) + -ity.

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