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merriment

[mer-i-muh nt] /ˈmɛr ɪ mənt/
noun
1.
cheerful or joyful gaiety; mirth; hilarity; laughter.
2.
Obsolete. a cause of mirth; a jest, entertainment, etc.
Origin of merriment
1570-1580
1570-80; merry + -ment
Related forms
overmerriment, noun
Synonyms
1. See mirth.
Antonyms
1. misery, melancholy.
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  • The characters are well grouped; and the spirit of merriment prevails.

    Francis Beaumont: Dramatist Charles Mills Gayley
  • What movement, what shouting, what laughter, what merriment!

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • But suddenly she stopped, in the very height of her merriment, and assumed her most dignified air.

    The Widow Lerouge Emile Gaboriau
  • If I were writing a novel merely I should try to fill it with merriment and good cheer.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • To this Ned readily agreed, with the result that the rehearsal of the part caused no end of merriment.

  • The merriment in the middle of the room was now going on at its height.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants H. Irving Hancock
  • This sight only redoubled his merriment, and made him again and again roar out with laughter.

    Henry VIII And His Court Louise Muhlbach
British Dictionary definitions for merriment

merriment

/ˈmɛrɪmənt/
noun
1.
gaiety, fun, or mirth
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Word Origin and History for merriment
n.

1570s, "comedic entertainment," from merry + -ment. General sense of "mirth" is from 1580s.

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