hilarity mid-15c., from L. hilaritatem (nom. hilaritas) "cheerfulness, gaiety, merriment," from hilaris "cheerful, gay," from Gk. hilaros "cheerful, gay, merry, joyous," related to hilaos "graceful, kindly." In ancient Rome, Hilaria (neut. pl. of hilaris) were a class of holidays, times of pomp and rejoicing; there were public ones in honor of Cybele at the spring equinoxes as well as private ones on the day of a marriage or a son's birth.

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  • Hilarity — Hi*lar i*ty (?; 277), n. [L. hilaritas: cf. F. hilarit[ e]. See {Hilarious}.] Boisterous mirth; merriment; jollity. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] Note: Hilarity differs from joy: the latter, excited by good news or prosperity, is an affection of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hilarity — jollity, *mirth, glee Analogous words: merriment, blitheness, jocundity (see corresponding adjectives at MERRY): cheerfulness, gladness, joyfulness, joyousness, lightheartedness (see corresponding adjectives at GLAD): *fun, play, sport, jest,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • hilarity — [hi ler′i tē] n. [OFr hilarité < L hilaritas] the state or quality of being hilarious; noisy merriment; boisterous gaiety …   English World dictionary

  • hilarity — noun /hɪˈlæɹɪ.ti/, [hɪ læ.ɹɪ.t̮i/ a) A great amount of happiness, usually accompanied by laughter. Think it not curious if we dont seem to be as sidesplittingly impressed with the hilarities in this picture as its promotion might lead you to… …   Wiktionary

  • hilarity — hi|lar|i|ty [hıˈlærıti] n [U] laughter, or a feeling of fun ▪ Eva joined in the hilarity as much as anyone …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hilarity — [[t]hɪlæ̱rɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT Hilarity is great amusement and laughter …   English dictionary

  • hilarity — noun (U) laughter, or a feeling of fun: Gloria s costume caused a good deal of hilarity …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hilarity — noun we always enjoy a great deal of hilarity when we get together Syn: amusement, mirth, laughter, merriment, lightheartedness, levity, fun, humor, jocularity, jollity, gaiety, delight, glee, exuberance, high spirits; comedy …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • hilarity — hilarious ► ADJECTIVE ▪ extremely funny or merry. DERIVATIVES hilariously adverb hilarity noun. ORIGIN Greek hilaros cheerful …   English terms dictionary

  • hilarity — noun Date: 15th century boisterous and high spirited merriment or laughter …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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