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frivolity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n frivolity acting like a clown or buffoon
    • n frivolity something of little value or significance
    • n frivolity the trait of being frivolous; not serious or sensible
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Frivolity The condition or quality of being frivolous; also, acts or habits of trifling; unbecoming levity of disposition.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n frivolity The condition or quality of being frivolous or trifling; insignificance.
    • n frivolity The act or habit of trifling; unbecoming levity of mind or disposition.
    • n frivolity Synonyms Lightness, Volatility, etc. (see levity) ; triviality, puerility, trifling. Frivolity, Frivolousness. Frivolity of character or conduct; frivolousness of an excuse, a pretext, an argument.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Frivolity act or habit of trifling: levity
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Quotations

  • Dorothy Nevill
    Dorothy Nevill
    “The commercial class has always mistrusted verbal brilliancy and wit, deeming such qualities, perhaps with some justice, frivolous and unprofitable.”
  • Marcus Valerius Martial
    Marcus%20Valerius%20Martial
    “Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? To dig a vineyard is worthier exercise for men.”
  • Pedro Calderon de la Barca
    Pedro Calderon de la Barca
    “These flowers, which were splendid and sprightly, waking in the dawn of the morning, in the evening will be a pitiful frivolity, sleeping in the cold night's arms.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “There is always some frivolity in excellent minds; they have wings to rise, but also stray.”
  • Iris Murdoch
    Iris%20Murdoch
    “No love is entirely without worth, even when the frivolous calls to the frivolous and the base to the base.”
  • Angela Carter
    Angela%20Carter
    “I think the adjective post-modernist really means mannerist. Books about books is fun but frivolous.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cg. F. frivolité,. See Frivolous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. frivole—L. frivolus.

Usage

In literature:

That poor man, spared from the wreck, remained as frivolous at forty-five as his pupil had formerly been.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
They are so tired, these lily-clad ladies and white-fronted gentlemen, of their bloodless, wine-whipped frivolities.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
Delia certainly had a frivolous side to her nature for a genius.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Thus a thousand little frivolous pleas are used for chewing tobacco.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
Posterity will despise their frivolous productions.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France
The classes have led the way in luxury, frivolity, and vice, and also in refinement, culture, and the art of living.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Hattie had said that Rosalie was frivolous, that her head was turned; no wonder her head was turned.
"Emmy Lou" by George Madden Martin
Macnamara and Montgomery, frivolous cause of their fatal duel, ii.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
At this instant he hears the voice of the Duke, who passes by, singing a frivolous tune.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
They knew that she did not like them either, but considered them frivolous and pert, and complained when they made a racket.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Member regards me as a particularly frivolous person.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, June 24, 1914" by Various
The young were thoughtless, they had the root of evil in them, they flew into frivolity from contrariness.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
What was far more amazing, she could do it without frivolity or loss of self-respect.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
She was considered superficial and frivolous, but he did not think her really so.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
How awfully hard for a man like Caspar Brooke to have a daughter who was merely frivolous.
"Brooke's Daughter" by Adeline Sergeant
The girls here are inclined to be very frivolous.
"Betty Wales Freshman" by Edith K. Dunton
Frivolity, an unsettled existence, and a reckless egotism, had taken possession of them.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. II." by Gustav Freytag
For Mr. Rollmaus is not a lover of fiddles and thinks them instruments of frivolity.
"The Lost Manuscript" by Gustav Freytag
Fix their ambition upon great and solid objects, and their contempt upon little, frivolous, and useless ones.
"Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by John Adams
Surely that was better than spending all her time on gossip and finery, and going to the dogs dressed up like a frivolous doll.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
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In poetry:

I say no word of line or hue,
But if that face you see,
Your soul shall know the smile of faith's
Awful frivolity.
"A Portrait" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
He frivols through the livelong day,
He knows not Poverty her pinch.
His lot seems light, his heart seems gay,
He has a cinch.
"The Rich Man" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Often one thinks the urn should have more bones
Than skeletons provide for speedy dust,
The urn gets hollow, cobwebs brittle as stones
Weave to the funeral shell a frivolous rust.
"Mr. Pope" by Allen Tate
The lamb was a lamb of a garrulous mind
And frivolity most extreme:
In the fashion common to all his kind,
He cantered in front and galloped behind.
And troubled the limpid stream.
"The Inhuman Wolf And The Lamb Sans Gene" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Vain children of vain worlds who long have played
At wars and pomp with gems and silk arrayed,
Still must they frivol, shameless as they be?
Still must they plunder — men are still afraid?
"Omar Dead" by E J Rupert Atkinson
The emptiness of social strife,
The pettiness of human souls,
The cheap frivolities of life,
The keen pursuit of paltry goals,--
How small they seem beneath the dome
That shelters my Tyrolean home!
"Under The Stars" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Twin Peaks CEO calls Hooters' suit ' frivolous, ' 'baseless'.
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Why the Cowboy Code Is Not Frivolous .
Court tackles scope of ' frivolous '.
Prisoner litigant's case deemed frivolous .
Woman has filed frivolous, trillion-dollar suits all over country.
Frivolous Lawsuits Are Gone Almost.
Moody Jean Renoir, in a Frivolous Mask.
Despite the frivolousness of the litigation, the case has once again been delayed (until Oct 9, 2012).
A new report on government waste released by Sen Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) shines a light on eye-popping examples of frivolous federal spending.
Chris Hulls, co-founder of Life360 in San Francisco, says he believes the postgrant review will make it tougher for very broad patents to be issued, and that could mean less frivolous litigation.
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The ancient Scythians discouraged frivolous prophecies by burning to death any soothsayer whose predictions didn't come true.
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