mirth [murth] (previously 12-24-15)
1. gaiety or jollity, especially when accompanied by laughter: the excitement and mirth of the holiday season.
2. amusement or laughter: He was unable to conceal his mirth.
WORDS RELATED TO MIRTH
laughter, levity, hilarity, rejoicing, gladness, gaiety, joviality, revelry, sport, cheerfulness, amusement, hysteria, jocundity, entertainment, glee, happiness, frolic, festivity, merrymaking, lightheartedness
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1, 2. Mirth, glee, hilarity, merriment, jollity, joviality refer to the gaiety characterizing people who are enjoying the companionship of others. Mirth suggests spontaneous amusement or gaiety, manifested briefly in laughter: uncontrolled outbursts of mirth. Glee suggests an effervescence of high spirits or exultation, often manifested in playful or ecstatic gestures; it may apply also to a malicious rejoicing over mishaps to others: glee over the failure of a rival. Hilarity implies noisy and boisterous mirth, often exceeding the limits of reason or propriety: hilarity aroused by practical jokes. Merriment suggests fun, good spirits, and good nature rather than the kind of wit and sometimes artificial funmaking that cause hilarity: The house resounded with music and sounds of merriment. Jollity and joviality may refer either to a general atmosphere of mirthful festivity or to the corresponding traits of individuals. Jollity implies an atmosphere of easy and convivial gaiety, a more hearty merriment or a less boisterous hilarity: The holiday was a time of jollity. Joviality implies a more mellow merriment generated by people who are hearty, generous, benevolent, and high-spirited: the joviality of warm-hearted friends.
Origin: before 900; Middle English mirthe, Old English myrgth. See merry, -th
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MIRTH
His voice is quiet, melodic, and often tinged with an undercurrent of mirth.
COLM TOIBIN DESCRIBES THE CREATION OF HIS QUIET MASTERPIECE ‘NORA WEBSTER’|JENNIE YABROFF|NOVEMBER 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The mirth is misleading, as are the soft features of the baby-faced Surkov.
IS THIS THE MASTERMIND BEHIND RUSSIA’S CRIMEA GRAB?|ANNA NEMTSOVA, ELI LAKE|MARCH 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That's better than Germany, France and even Brazil, where mirth is nearly a religion.
VENEZUELA UNVEILS ORWELLIAN MINISTRY OF SUPREME SOCIAL HAPPINESS|MAC MARGOLIS|OCTOBER 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The mirth came from imagining how he would twist the Tet Offensive, which was under way, into “progress.”
MCNAMARA'S LETHAL ILLUSIONS|KEVIN BUCKLEY|JULY 6, 2009|DAILY BEAST
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