Definition of levity in US English:

levity

noun

  • Humor or frivolity, especially the treatment of a serious matter with humor or in a manner lacking due respect.

    ‘as an attempt to introduce a note of levity, the words were a disastrous flop’
    • ‘Although everyone seems to think yoga is serious business, there is room for levity.’
    • ‘There are moments of levity, but they don't last long.’
    • ‘There is no excuse or reason for levity or humour on a day like yesterday.’
    • ‘His conflicted expression is suddenly interrupted by a flash of levity.’
    • ‘When an awkward silence falls over the room, he tries to inject levity.’
    • ‘She may not even want levity or jokes or funny movies or perhaps even interaction with former friends.’
    • ‘The levity was perfectly timed and dispelled the worries of the group.’
    • ‘There was, on occasion, a note of levity in police actions.’
    • ‘There's only so much levity that's appropriate at a moment like this.’
    • ‘Despite the undercurrent of levity, the activists were quite serious in their intent.’
    • ‘Though labelled ‘light comedy’, no trace of levity could be detected anywhere in the festival.’
    • ‘I just want you to know the consequences of levity in this matter.’
    • ‘He laughed, knowing her admission was an effort to inject some levity back into a situation that had grown uncomfortably serious.’
    • ‘That's why excessive laughter and misplaced levity can lead to immoral behavior.’
    • ‘Maybe it was too much levity given the subject matter.’
    • ‘As bad and as damaging as this in-house report is, we are told that it was all a matter of levity and humour.’
    • ‘One difference, however, is the note of realism and levity that tempers every show.’
    • ‘Each of those movies was scary, but with the right note of levity to keep them out of straight horror territory.’
    • ‘We tried to offer readers lively coverage and bring some levity to some of the serious issues.’
    • ‘By resisting the temptation to be weightily profound, the story succeeds in telling useful truths with a touch of levity.’
    light-heartedness, carefreeness, light-mindedness, high spirits, vivacity, liveliness, conviviality, cheerfulness, cheeriness, humour, gaiety, fun, jocularity, hilarity, frivolity, frivolousness, amusement, mirth, laughter, merriment, glee, comedy, funniness, wit, wittiness, jollity, joviality, joking, drollery, good cheer, sportiveness, nonsense, irreverence, facetiousness, flippancy, blitheness, triviality, silliness, foolishness, childishness, giddiness, skittishness
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin levitas, from levis ‘light’.

Pronunciation

levity

/ˈlevədē//ˈlɛvədi/