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blitheness

[ blahyth, blahyth ]SEE DEFINITION OF blitheness

Synonyms for blitheness

  • carefreeness
  • cheerfulness
  • glee
  • gleefulness
  • happiness
  • jocundity
  • jolliness
  • jollity
  • joviality
  • joyfulness
  • lightheartedness
  • merriment
  • merriness
  • mirth
  • mirthfulness
  • sprightliness
  • blithesomeness
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Antonyms for blitheness

  • depression
  • gloom
  • misery
  • sadness
  • unhappiness
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BLITHENESS

He wore an air of blitheness which, though silent, was overdone.

Certainly of Greek blitheness and directness there was no trace.

Thereupon they parted with no blitheness, and Cormac went to his ship.

“Not in it with the Cubs,” he announced, blitheness in his manner.

All the blitheness was with Nikolaus; we others could not shake off our depression.

The blitheness of their humor, therefore, contained also a seasoning of carelessness.

I am not exaggerating when I relate that the days now passed with blitheness.

It is strange to look back and recall with what blitheness we prepared to leave.

To serve, one cannot avoid that; but to serve with blitheness, that is the secret.

A clear sweet humor and blitheness of heart blend in this romance.

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]

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BLITHENESS

blithesomeness

noungaiety

gaiety

nounhappiness, celebration
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