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Comedy vs. Humour

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Comedynoun

A choric song of celebration or revel, especially in Ancient Greece.

Humournoun

(uncountable) The quality of being amusing, comical, funny.

‘She has a great sense of humour, and I always laugh a lot whenever we get together.’; ‘The sensitive subject was treated with humour, but in such way that no one was offended.’;

Comedynoun

(countable) A light, amusing play with a happy ending.

Humournoun

(uncountable) A mood, especially a bad mood; a temporary state of mind or disposition brought upon by an event; an abrupt illogical inclination or whim.

‘He was in a particularly vile humour that afternoon.’;

Comedynoun

A narrative poem with an agreeable ending (e.g., The Divine Comedy).

Humournoun

Any of the fluids in an animal body, especially the four "cardinal humours" of blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm that were believed to control the health and mood of the human body.

Comedynoun

A dramatic work that is light and humorous or satirical in tone.

Humournoun

(medicine) Either of the two regions of liquid within the eyeball, the aqueous humour and vitreous humour.

Comedynoun

(drama) The genre of such works.

Humournoun

(obsolete) Moist vapour, moisture.

Comedynoun

(uncountable) Entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance.

‘Why would you be watching comedy when there are kids starving right now?’;

Humourverb

(transitive) To pacify by indulging.

‘I know you don't believe my story, but humour me for a minute and imagine it to be true.’;

Comedynoun

The art of composing comedy.

Humournoun

same as humor.

Comedynoun

(countable) A humorous event.

Humournoun

a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling;

‘whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time’; ‘he was in a bad humor’;

Comedynoun

A dramatic composition, or representation of a bright and amusing character, based upon the foibles of individuals, the manners of society, or the ludicrous events or accidents of life; a play in which mirth predominates and the termination of the plot is happy; - opposed to tragedy.

‘With all the vivacity of comedy.’; ‘Are come to play a pleasant comedy.’;

Humournoun

a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

Comedynoun

light and humorous drama with a happy ending

Humournoun

(Middle Ages) one of the four fluids in the body whose balance was believed to determine your emotional and physical state;

‘the humors are blood and phlegm and yellow and black bile’;

Comedynoun

a comic incident or series of incidents

Humournoun

the liquid parts of the body

Comedynoun

professional entertainment consisting of jokes and sketches, intended to make an audience laugh

‘the show combines theatre with the best of stand-up comedy’; ‘a cabaret with music, dancing, and comedy’;

Humournoun

the quality of being funny;

‘I fail to see the humor in it’;

Comedynoun

a film, play, or broadcast programme intended to make an audience laugh

‘a comedy film’;

Humournoun

the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous;

‘she didn't appreciate my humor’; ‘you can't survive in the army without a sense of humor’;

Comedynoun

the style or genre represented by comedy films, plays, and broadcast programmes

‘the conventions of romantic comedy have grown more appealing with the passage of time’;

Humourverb

put into a good mood

Comedynoun

the humorous or amusing aspects of something

‘advertising people see the comedy in their work’;

Humournoun

the quality of being amusing or comic, especially as expressed in literature or speech

‘his tales are full of humour’;

Comedynoun

a play characterized by its humorous or satirical tone and its depiction of amusing people or incidents, in which the characters ultimately triumph over adversity

‘Shakespeare's comedies’;

Humournoun

the ability to express humour or amuse other people

‘their inimitable brand of humour’;

Comedynoun

the dramatic genre represented by comedies

‘satiric comedy’;

Humournoun

a mood or state of mind

‘her good humour vanished’; ‘the clash hadn't improved his humour’;

Comedy

Comedy (from the Greek: κωμῳδία, kōmōdía) is a genre of fiction comprised of discourses or works intended to be humorous or amusing by inducing laughter, especially in theatre, film, stand-up comedy, television, radio, books, or any other entertainment medium. The term originated in Ancient Greece: in Athenian democracy, the public opinion of voters was influenced by political satire performed by comic poets in theaters.

Humournoun

an inclination or whim

‘and have you really burnt all your Plays to please a Humour?’;

Humournoun

each of the four chief fluids of the body (blood, phlegm, yellow bile (choler), and black bile (melancholy)) that were thought to determine a person's physical and mental qualities by the relative proportions in which they were present.

Humourverb

comply with the wishes of (someone) in order to keep them content, however unreasonable such wishes might be

‘she was always humouring him to prevent trouble’;

Humourverb

adapt or accommodate oneself to (something)

‘in reading this stanza we ought to humour it with a corresponding tone of voice’;

Humour

Humour (Commonwealth English) or humor (American English) is the tendency of experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humours (Latin: humor, ), controlled human health and emotion.

‘body fluid’;

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