Definition of levity
1 : excessive or unseemly frivolity <She would tolerate no levity in the classroom.>
2 : lack of steadiness : changeableness <the levity … of the brisk fire — Charles Dickens>
Examples of levity in a sentence
They managed to find some levity in the situation.
<the teachers disapprove of any displays of levity during school assemblies>
Did You Know?
Levity originally was thought to be a physical force exactly like gravity but pulling in the opposite direction, like the helium in a balloon. As recently as the 19th century, scientists were still arguing about its existence. Today levity refers only to lightness in manner. To stern believers of some religious faiths, levity is often regarded as almost sinful. But the word, like its synonym frivolity, now has an old-fashioned ring to it and is usually used only half-seriously.
Origin and Etymology of levity
Latin levitat-, levitas, from levis light in weight — more at light
First Known Use: 1564
LEVITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of levity for English Language Learners
: a lack of seriousness
: an amusing quality
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