Definition of blithe in US English:



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

    ‘a blithe disregard for the rules of the road’
    • ‘The clerks, as usual, were full of rude health, chatting with blithe disregard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though he is famous for blithe dismissal of his elders, he was actually remarkably attentive to local history.’
    • ‘In its blithe disregard for niceties the film ends up being a rather clever satire on the whole idea of normality.’
    • ‘Yet his blithe rejection of free speech is a formula for tyranny.’
    • ‘But he never scorned security with the blithe indifference of the radical ideologues who used him as an authority on the evils of welfare.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The outrageousness of his action is matched only by the blithe indifference with which he apparently expects to carry it off.’
    • ‘It was his record of blithe indifference to the magnitude of the challenge that helped lead us to vote for his opponent.’
    • ‘For it is all over the Internet, in blithe disregard of copyright law, for any kid today to surf.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Something in that institution nurtures a blithe disregard for the facts.’
    • ‘They want to see a more realistic attitude than the blithe assumption that cannabis inevitably leads to heroin.’
    • ‘How do you strike the right balance between unnecessarily fostering fears and encouraging a blithe indifference to real and present dangers?’
    • ‘Traffic changes are rammed through with apparently blithe indifference to issues affecting other elements of the transport system.’
    • ‘‘Good shots and loose shots,’ was his blithe description.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Plenty of modern film-makers have attempted to emulate the blithe barbarity that lent Ealing comedies their sharp aftertaste.’
    • ‘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.’
    heedless, uncaring, careless, casual, indifferent, thoughtless, unconcerned, unworried, untroubled
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    1. 1.1literary Happy or joyous.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘The blithe spirit of the students perhaps best symbolises the fair that has evolved over the years, pitting the youngsters against their best peers.’
      • ‘For such a blithe spirit, he certainly has a keen sense of the tragic.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.