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’
    • ‘We tried to offer readers lively coverage and bring some levity to some of the serious issues.’
    • ‘She may not even want levity or jokes or funny movies or perhaps even interaction with former friends.’
    • ‘Each of those movies was scary, but with the right note of levity to keep them out of straight horror territory.’
    • ‘By resisting the temptation to be weightily profound, the story succeeds in telling useful truths with a touch of levity.’
    • ‘There's only so much levity that's appropriate at a moment like this.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The levity was perfectly timed and dispelled the worries of the group.’
    • ‘His conflicted expression is suddenly interrupted by a flash of levity.’
    • ‘There was, on occasion, a note of levity in police actions.’
    • ‘He laughed, knowing her admission was an effort to inject some levity back into a situation that had grown uncomfortably serious.’
    • ‘One difference, however, is the note of realism and levity that tempers every show.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is no excuse or reason for levity or humour on a day like yesterday.’
    • ‘When an awkward silence falls over the room, he tries to inject levity.’
    • ‘That's why excessive laughter and misplaced levity can lead to immoral behavior.’
    • ‘There are moments of levity, but they don't last long.’
    • ‘Although everyone seems to think yoga is serious business, there is room for levity.’
    • ‘Despite the undercurrent of levity, the activists were quite serious in their intent.’
    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

/ˈlɛvədi//ˈlevədē/