jocund

Part of speech: noun

JOCUNDITY.

Part of speech: adjective

Jovial; sportive.

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Usage examples "jocund":

  1. Larger and richer grows the great design, till it is set in some wide hall or corridor of the House of Life; and the figure of the toil- worn knight, with armour dinted and brow dimmed with dust and sweat, kneeling at the shrine, makes the very silence of the place beautiful; while those that go to and fro rejoice, not in the suffering and weariness, not in the worn face and the thin, sun- browned hands, but in the thought that he loved all things well; that his joy was pure and high, that his clear eyes pierced the dull mist that wreathed cold field and dripping wood, and that, when he sank, outworn and languid after the day's long toil, the jocund trumpets broke out from the high- walled town in a triumphant concert, because he had done worthily, and should now see greater things than these. - "At Large", Arthur Christopher Benson.
  2. There, the garlands wreathed around the columns of the hall- there, gleamed still and frequent the marble statue- there, amidst peals of jocund laughter, rose the music and the lay. - "The Last Days of Pompeii", Edward George Bulwer-Lytton.
  3. For the first time in many hours he thought of New York, of the fellows at the club, of what they would say when the jocund news came that Billy Magee had gone mad on a mountainside, He thought of Helen Faulkner, haughty, unperturbed, bred to hold herself above the swift catastrophies of the world. - "Seven Keys to Baldpate", Earl Derr Biggers.