Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being mirthful; mirth; merriment.

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  • noun The property of being mirthful.

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  • noun great merriment

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Examples

  • Herr Klüber, for his part, did everything he supposed conducive to the mirthfulness of the company; he begged them to sit down in the shade of a spreading oak-tree, and taking out of a side pocket a small booklet entitled, ‘Knallerbsen; oder du sollst und wirst lachen!’

    The Torrents of Spring

  • It is true that on such occasions he was not conspicuous for any special mirthfulness; but his good-humour had always been somewhat subdued in character.

    The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories

  • The Hawaiians are a handsome people, scornful and sarcastic-looking even with their mirthfulness; and those who know them say that they are always quizzing and mimicking the haoles, and that they give everyone a nickname, founded on some personal peculiarity.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • Their mirthfulness and kindliness are most winning; their horses, food, clothes, and time are all bestowed on one so freely, and one lives amongst them with a most restful sense of absolute security.

    The Hawaiian Archipelago

  • Levin felt envious of this health and mirthfulness; he longed to take part in the expression of this joy of life.

    Anna Karenina

  • But it was too late; the consulting detective had blinked away; his mirthfulness, manifesting itself at the most inopportune times,

    An East Wind Coming

  • Indeed, the innocent unconsciousness of anything derogatory to her name or character which belonged to Adèle, and her consequent cheery mirthfulness, were sources of infinite annoyance to Miss Eliza.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866

  • He spurned everything mean and ungenerous, -- was genial in disposition, indeed brimming with mirthfulness, and, in every situation, attracted to himself numerous friends.

    Adèle Dubois A Story of the Lovely Miramichi Valley in New Brunswick

  • After making known to him the object of my visit, the desire of being numbered among the _personnel_ of his enterprise, the conversation quickly took that turn of mirthfulness that was at the bottom of Favre's character.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 365, December 30, 1882

  • He had lost the mirthfulness and loquacity of the previous day, and we rode on for a full hour in silence.

    Among the Pines or, South in Secession Time

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