Definition of blithe in English:



  • 1Showing a casual and cheerful indifference considered to be callous or improper.

    ‘a blithe disregard for the rules of the road’
    • ‘But he never scorned security with the blithe indifference of the radical ideologues who used him as an authority on the evils of welfare.’
    • ‘Plenty of modern film-makers have attempted to emulate the blithe barbarity that lent Ealing comedies their sharp aftertaste.’
    • ‘‘Good shots and loose shots,’ was his blithe description.’
    • ‘The clerks, as usual, were full of rude health, chatting with blithe disregard.’
    • ‘After paying off more than $100,000 in invoices this morning with the nonchalant blithe flick of a wrist, why do I still have trouble paying my credit card bill?’
    • ‘Between the two extremes of dogmatic adherence and blithe indifference to the text of the Constitution lies a reasonable and legal resolution.’
    • ‘So far as subjective intentions were concerned, the directors proceeded in blithe disregard of the existence of the articles.’
    • ‘Management don't know how bad the staff on the ground are, while ground staff parrot the official line with blithe indifference to the facts.’
    • ‘Something in that institution nurtures a blithe disregard for the facts.’
    • ‘The blithe assumption that higher charges can be painlessly met from profit margins was always suspect but is now exposed as a serious threat to recovery prospects.’
    • ‘In its blithe disregard for niceties the film ends up being a rather clever satire on the whole idea of normality.’
    • ‘The outrageousness of his action is matched only by the blithe indifference with which he apparently expects to carry it off.’
    • ‘Though he is famous for blithe dismissal of his elders, he was actually remarkably attentive to local history.’
    • ‘Yet his blithe rejection of free speech is a formula for tyranny.’
    • ‘It was his record of blithe indifference to the magnitude of the challenge that helped lead us to vote for his opponent.’
    • ‘Traffic changes are rammed through with apparently blithe indifference to issues affecting other elements of the transport system.’
    • ‘For it is all over the Internet, in blithe disregard of copyright law, for any kid today to surf.’
    • ‘How do you strike the right balance between unnecessarily fostering fears and encouraging a blithe indifference to real and present dangers?’
    • ‘They want to see a more realistic attitude than the blithe assumption that cannabis inevitably leads to heroin.’
    • ‘This is not a time for blithe exhortations and mindless sloganeering, nor hubris, nor sarcastic dismissals of the opinions of the other side, all of which is found in the poetry of both camps.’
    heedless, uncaring, careless, casual, indifferent, thoughtless, unconcerned, unworried, untroubled
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    1. 1.1literary Happy or carefree.
      ‘a blithe seaside comedy’
      • ‘The pair play natives of that country - sweet, carefree adolescents whose blithe athleticism and pert demeanor are just a little cloying.’
      • ‘For the reality is that my brother's life - all our lives - changed forever in 1974, when he was 22: blithe, blond, sunny, interested chiefly in the nirvana of sport.’
      • ‘On a sunny day its beer garden is a blithe place to rest over a pint of locally-brewed ale.’
      • ‘For such a blithe spirit, he certainly has a keen sense of the tragic.’
      • ‘The blithe spirit of the students perhaps best symbolises the fair that has evolved over the years, pitting the youngsters against their best peers.’
      happy, cheerful, cheery, light-hearted, jolly, merry, sunny, joyous, joyful, blissful, ecstatic, euphoric, elated, beatific, gladsome, mirthful
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Old English blīthe, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch blijde, also to bliss.