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"That will I," said Alleyne, blithely, and bent to the task.

And yet if Justus Miles had been able to look ahead he might not have talked so blithely.

"Between ourselves, it isn't worth a damn," the other blithely assured him.

“This is life,” Brand said, blithely, as he leaped from his steaming horse.

Vertogor rejoiced greatly and blithely recommenced his work.

"'Where there's a will there's a way,'" quoted Tom Reade blithely.

"You speak of the only girl in the world," said Eustace blithely.

"Everything's all right, mum," he blithely saluted Mrs. Cranston.

O, cruel Tom, let birdies be, And blithely sing from bush and tree.

Again she looked to Halfman for support, and again Halfman yielded it blithely.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English bliþe "joyous, kind, cheerful, pleasant," from Proto-Germanic *blithiz "gentle, kind" (cf. Old Saxon bliði "bright, happy," Middle Dutch blide, Dutch blijde, Old Norse bliðr "mild, gentle," Old High German blidi "gay, friendly," Gothic bleiþs "kind, friendly, merciful").

Rare since 16c. No cognates outside Germanic. "The earlier application was to the outward expression of kindly feeling, sympathy, affection to others, as in Gothic and ON.; but in OE. the word had come more usually to be applied to the external manifestation of one's own pleased or happy frame of mind, and hence even to the state itself." [OED]

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