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jocund

play
adjective jo·cund \ˈjä-kənd also ˈjō-(ˌ)kənd\

Definition of jocund

  1. :  marked by or suggestive of high spirits and lively mirthfulness <a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company — William Wordsworth>

jo·cun·di·ty play \jō-ˈkən-də-tē, jä-\ noun
jo·cund·ly play \ˈjä-kənd-lē, ˈjō-(ˌ)\ adverb


Examples of jocund

  1. <old friends engaged in jocund teasing>



Origin of jocund

Middle English, from Late Latin jocundus, alteration of Latin jucundus, from juvare to help


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of jocund

merry, blithe, jocund, jovial, jolly mean showing high spirits or lightheartedness. merry suggests cheerful, joyous, uninhibited enjoyment of frolic or festivity <a merry group of revelers>. blithe suggests carefree, innocent, or even heedless gaiety <arrived late in his usual blithe way>. jocund stresses elation and exhilaration of spirits <singing, dancing, and jocund feasting>. jovial suggests the stimulation of conviviality and good fellowship <dinner put them in a jovial mood>. jolly suggests high spirits expressed in laughing, bantering, and jesting <our jolly host enlivened the party>.

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