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Mar 13, 2018
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killjoy
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killjoy

PRONUNCIATION:
(KIL-joi)

MEANING:
noun: One who spoils the enjoyment of others.

ETYMOLOGY:
Perhaps from Old English cyllan (to kill) + Old French joie/joye (joy), from Latin gaudium (joy), from gaudere (rejoice). Earliest documented use: 1776.

USAGE:
“Too often the authorities have shared the misconception that corruption in sport is essentially benign. Worried about appearing killjoys, they have let it be.”
Bigger than Blatter; The Economist (London, UK); Jun 6, 2015.

See more usage examples of killjoy in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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