cheerful or joyful gaiety; mirth; hilarity; laughter.
Obsolete. a cause of mirth; a jest, entertainment, etc.

1570–80; merry + -ment

overmerriment, noun

1. See mirth.

1. misery, melancholy. Unabridged
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merriment (ˈmɛrɪmənt)
gaiety, fun, or mirth

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Word Origin & History

1570s, "comedic entertainment," from merry + -ment. General sense of "mirth" is from 1580s.
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Example sentences
In the middle of all this handmade merriment are machine-finished light boxes,
  illuminating the show's logo.
People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion.
Sure enough, the twinkle in the eye can inflect a deadpan delivery with
  deliberate merriment.
Any skillful entertainer can generate a sense of merriment on a stage.
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