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Monday, December 29, 2014

mirth

\murth\ , noun;
1.
gaiety or jollity, especially when accompanied by laughter: the excitement and mirth of the holiday season.
2.
amusement or laughter: He was unable to conceal his mirth.
Quotes:
Darcy was not of a disposition in which happiness overflows in mirth; and Elizabeth, agitated and confused, rather knew that she was happy than felt herself to be so; for, besides the immediate embarrassment, there were other evils before her.
-- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 1813
Thus adjured, Lily turned her eyes on the spectacle which was affording Mr. Dorset such legitimate mirth.
-- Edith Wharton, House of Mirth, 1905
Origin:
Mirth comes from the Old English myrgth and shares a root with the word merry.
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