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- Lightness of manner or speech, frivolity.
- (obsolete) Lack of steadiness.
- The state or quality of being light, buoyancy.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Most of the confidences were unsought - frequently I had feigned sleep, preoccupation or a hostile levity...
- Robert Montgomery Bird:
- […] it would really seem as if there was something nomadic in our natures, a principle of levity and restlessness […]
- 1869 Mary Somerville, On Molecular and Microscopic Science 1.1.12:
- Hydrogen ... rises in the air on account of its levity.
- (countable) A lighthearted or frivolous act.
1665, Daniel Defoe, History of the Plague in London:
- For though it be something wonderful to tell that any should have hearts so hardened, in the midst of such a calamity, as to rob and steal, yet certain it is that all sorts of villainies, and even levities and debaucheries, were then practiced in the town as openly as ever: I will not say quite as frequently, because the number of people were many ways lessened.
1872, J. Fenimore Cooper, The Bravo:
- […] or do the people joy less than common in their levities?"
1882, H.D. Traill, Sterne:
- His incorrigible levities had probably lost him the countenance of most of his more serious acquaintances […] .
- (?): gravity
lightness of manner or speech
lack of steadiness — see instability
state or quality of being light
lighthearted or frivolous act