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A solitary ruffian, indeed, is moody, but a gang of ruffians are jovial.

The Marchese, who was in a jovial mood, opened a bank for them.

You will be jovial, my dear Martin, and will kill the fatted calf if you please!'

Never did he seem so careless, our Scribe asserts, and so jovial and child-like in his joys.

"You are wrong," he said in a jovial way so as to drive all bitterness from the discussion.

Wyck liked his companion's light and jovial manner, and Tommy liked Wyck's pocket.

St. Dunstan knew, as well as any one, the prerogatives of a jovial friar.

He received the applicants in an alert, jovial fashion which was quite surprising.

In a jovial tone he assured me that there must be many of that sort.

He, too, although he attempted to be jovial, was strangely uneasy.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "under the influence of the planet Jupiter," from Middle French jovial (16c.), from Italian joviale, literally "pertaining to Jupiter," and directly from Latin Iovialis "of Jupiter," from Iovius (used as genitive of Iuppiter) "Jupiter," Roman god of the sky (see Jove). The meaning "good-humored, merry," is from astrological belief that those born under the sign of the planet Jupiter are of such dispositions. Related: Jovially.

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