213. Humor


See also 238. LAUGHTER ; 336. PUNNING

Atticism
a concise witticism or well-turned phrase. —Atticist , n.
buffoonism
1. a tendency to amuse others by tricks, jokes, unusual gestures, and strange gestures.
2. a tendency toward coarse joking. Also buffoonery . —buffoon , n. —buffoonish , adj.
facetiae
1. amusing or witty writings and remarks.
2. coarsely witty stories or books. —facetious , adj.
jocosity
1. the habit of joking or jesting.
2. a joke or a jest.
3. the state or quality of humorousness or playfulness. —jocose , adj.
mordancy, mordacity
the condition or quality of being biting or caustic, as humor, speech, etc. See also 382. SPEECH . —mordant , adj.
nugae
trifles or trivia, especially light verses or sayings.
Pantagruelism
the habit of dealing with serious matters in a spirit of good and sometimes cynical good humor. [Allusion to Rabelais’ satirical novels Gargantua and Pantagruel , especially to the behavior of Pantagruel, Gargantua’s huge son.] —Pantagruelian , adj.
pianologue
a humorous performance at the piano, sometimes with a verbal accompaniment by the performer.
Rabelaisian
1. a person who imitates or is an enthusiast for the works of Francois Rabelais.
2. a person given to coarse, satirical humor, like that of Rabelais. —Rabelaisian , adj.
Rabelaism
the personality or character of Rabelais, as in the use of coarse, satirical humor. Also Rabelaisianism .
reparteeist
a person skilled in the exchange of witticisms.
ribaldry
coarse, vulgar, or obscene language or joking. —ribald , adj.
satirist
1. a writer of satire.
2. a person who uses satire or makes satirical comments.

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