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Meaning of HILARITY

Pronunciation:  hi'laritee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  great merriment

HILARITY is a 8 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: glee, gleefulness, mirth, mirthfulness
 See Also: gaiety, merriment



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hi*lar"i*ty\ (?; 277), n. [L. hilaritas: cf. F.
hilarit['e]. See {Hilarious}.]
Boisterous mirth; merriment; jollity. --Goldsmith.

Note: Hilarity differs from joy: the latter, excited by good
      news or prosperity, is an affection of the mind; the
      former, produced by social pleasure, drinking, etc.,
      which rouse the animal spirits, is more demonstrative.

Syn: Glee; cheerfulness; mirth; merriment; gayety;
     joyousness; exhilaration; joviality; jollity.

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