To see details on the word
please enable javascript.

Go to New Version of This Page
This old version has not been updated since 2016,
but we're leaving it in case you prefer it.
Show What's New
Please update your links from the new version.

Despite the tension, she managed to inject a bit of levity into the news conference.
  lightheartedness (feeling amusement or a lack of seriousness)
 Mark word for later review on this computer
levity levities
Web Links:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Dictionary -®
Dictionary/Synonyms - Google®
Dictionary List - OneLook®
  • Despite the tension, she managed to inject a bit of levity into the news conference.
  • Frowns at this levity.
    Shakespeare, William  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • Again he pressed the hand of the latter with an expression of good-natured, sincere, and animated levity.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • There was no levity in his voice when he answered:
    Twain, Mark  --  Pudd’n’head Wilson

  • Show more
  • Take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then say it with the utmost levity.
    George Bernard Shaw
  • But when I start to help him to the stream, all the levity disappears.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The second of levity passed, and everyone was still.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • OK, levity over.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • There was a great crowd outside and while this was going on inside with the priest, there was some levity outside and shouting of obscenities, but most of the people were very serious and respectful.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • It was a dreadfully austere inquiry, but levity was not our note, and, at any rate, before the gray dawn admonished us to separate I had got my answer.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw

  • Show more again
  • There was no levity in his voice when he answered: "Yes, Mother, I know, now, that I am reformed—and permanently."
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • our graver business Frowns at this levity.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • BRADY:  (Piously) I object to the note of levity which the counsel for the defense is introducing into these proceedings.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • They both laughed, which made Mark wonder where all the sudden levity had come from.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • A moment of lighthearted levity from Ringer the warrior queen!
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Mae attempted levity: "I guess you don’t put anyone with vertigo up here."
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • All levity ceased.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Levity was not looked upon with favor anywhere in those austere offices, as I discovered for myself while attending a conference concerning my first assignment.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • "Don’t ever touch that stuff again," he says without levity.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Her testimony provided a brief moment of levity in an otherwise deadly serious trial.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • —Maybe we’re just first, Alan said, trying to maintain some levity.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Again he pressed the hand of the latter with an expression of good-natured, sincere, and animated levity.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • ’I believe the dead are at peace: but it is not right to speak of them with levity.’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • A bit of levity to ease the burden we’re under.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Some of his former levity returned as he smiled.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It’s perfectly outrageous to treat your public responsibilities with such thoughtless levity!
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He had, in spite of his levity, and without its interfering in any way with his dignity, a certain manner about him which was imposing, dignified, honest, and lofty, in a bourgeois fashion; and his great age added to it.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Economy is a subject which admits of being treated with levity, but it cannot so be disposed of.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Very orderly and methodical he looked, with a hand on each knee, and a loud watch ticking a sonorous sermon under his flapped waist-coat, as though it pitted its gravity and longevity against the levity and evanescence of the brisk fire.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • It was not thought of as an unbecoming levity for the old and middle-aged people to dance a little before sitting down to cards, but rather as part of their social duties.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Most of the confidences were unsought — frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon; for the intimate revelations of young men, or at least the terms in which they express them, are usually plagiaristic and marred by obvious suppressions.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • The girl drew closer to the table, and glancing at Monks with an air of careless levity, withdrew her eyes; but as he turned towards Fagin, she stole another look; so keen and searching, and full of purpose, that if there had been any bystander to observe the change, he could hardly have believed the two looks to have proceeded from the same person.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • I don’t think it’s a time for levity, Joel.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • Miriam glanced at the two, and avoided their levity.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Singular, communed the guest with himself, the wonderfully unequal faculty of metempsychosis possessed by them, that the puerperal dormitory and the dissecting theatre should be the seminaries of such frivolity, that the mere acquisition of academic titles should suffice to transform in a pinch of time these votaries of levity into exemplary practitioners of an art which most men anywise eminent have esteemed the noblest.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • On this latter point he felt almost certain, knowing her freedom from levity of character, and the extreme simplicity of her intellect.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • She could not endure the idea of treachery or levity, or anything akin to ill usage between him and his friend.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • This was the note upon which Byron’s calls usually opened: this faintly overbearing note of levity and warmth to put the other at his ease, and on the part of the caller that slow and countrybred diffidence which is courtesy.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • "Such immediate expectation of something extraordinary," he said, "shows a levity, possible to worldly people but unseemly in us."
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The levity of some of the younger women in and about Trantridge was marked, and was perhaps symptomatic of the choice spirit who ruled The Slopes in that vicinity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • How thin it looked, this self-protective levity.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • He smiled in the instant before he knelt down at his thronelike chair to pray; and thought again, as he had been thinking for eleven nights, that there was about his elders an ease in the holy place, and a levity, that made his soul uneasy.
    James Baldwin  --  Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • In assemblies, Reverend Harris always wore a forbidding expression and was not given to levity of any kind.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Zooey turned and looked at her, and—unpredictable young man—made a very dour face, as though he had suddenly eschewed any and all forms of levity.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • asked Franz in an attempt at levity.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The mother, you know, had always that levity about her, which makes me anxious for the children.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Front-de-Boeuf would have replied, but Prince John’s petulance and levity got the start.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Logic seemed to infer it was the latter, yet it nonetheless pained me to realize that her levity would be gone the moment she hung up the phone.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • She had no business to be so friendly to a young man of whom their brother thought so meanly, and Mrs. Almond was surprised at her levity in foisting a most deplorable engagement upon Catherine.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • It was cruel levity in you to do that.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
Search for samples from other sources:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®
Associated words [difficulty]:   levity [5]
     If popups are enabled: Search in OneLook®   If Flash® is also enabled: Search in Visuwords®
Most commonly used in these subjects:   Classic Literature, Sports, Religion - Christianity
Home . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading