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Laughter vs. Humour

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Laughternoun

The sound of laughing, produced by air so expelled; any similar sound.

‘Their loud laughter betrayed their presence.’;

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.’;

Laughternoun

A movement (usually involuntary) of the muscles of the laughing face, particularly of the lips, and of the whole body, with a peculiar expression of the eyes, indicating merriment, satisfaction or derision, and usually attended by a sonorous and interrupted expulsion of air from the lungs.

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.’;

Laughternoun

(archaic) A reason for merriment.

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.

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Laughternoun

A movement (usually involuntary) of the muscles of the face, particularly of the lips, with a peculiar expression of the eyes, indicating merriment, satisfaction, or derision, and usually attended by a sonorous and interrupted expulsion of air from the lungs. See Laugh, v. i.

‘The act of laughter, which is a sweet contraction of the muscles of the face, and a pleasant agitation of the vocal organs, is not merely, or totally within the jurisdiction of ourselves.’; ‘Archly the maiden smiled, and with eyes overrunning with laughter.’;

Humournoun

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

Laughternoun

the sound of laughing

Humournoun

(obsolete) Moist vapour, moisture.

Laughternoun

the activity of laughing; the manifestation of joy or mirth of scorn;

‘he enjoyed the laughter of the crowd’;

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.’;

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Laughternoun

the action or sound of laughing

‘he roared with laughter’;

Humournoun

same as humor.

Laughter

Laughter is a physical reaction consisting usually of rhythmical, often audible contractions of the diaphragm and other parts of the respiratory system. It is a response to certain external or internal stimuli.

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’;

Humournoun

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

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’;

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Humournoun

the liquid parts of the body

Humournoun

the quality of being funny;

‘I fail to see the humor in it’;

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’;

Humourverb

put into a good mood

Humournoun

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

‘his tales are full of humour’;

Humournoun

the ability to express humour or amuse other people

‘their inimitable brand of humour’;

Humournoun

a mood or state of mind

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

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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