Posted by: victanguera | June 14, 2012

Word Wednesday #8

For yesterday’s word (really need to do that auto-post thingy), I bring you the word levity. For some reason (maybe the weight of the word), it makes me think of a serious person. But it doesn’t.

From Merriam-Webster:

lev·i·ty noun \ˈle-və-tē\

Definition of LEVITY

1: excessive or unseemly frivolity

2: lack of steadiness : changeableness

Examples of LEVITY

They managed to find some levity in the situation.

<the teachers disapprove of any displays of levity during school assemblies>

Origin of LEVITY

Latin levitat-, levitas, from levis light in weight — more at light

First Known Use: 1564



lev·i·ty   [lev-i-tee]

noun, plural lev·i·ties.

1. lightness of mind, character, or behavior; lack of appropriate seriousness or earnestness.

2. an instance or exhibition of this.

3. fickleness.

4. lightness in weight.

Origin: 1555–65; < Latin levitās lightness, frivolity, equivalent to levi ( s ) light + -tās -ty2

Synonyms: 1, 2. frivolity, flippancy, triviality, giddiness.


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