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Definition of "risibility" [ris•i•bil•i•ty]

  • The ability or tendency to laugh. (noun)
  • A sense of the ludicrous or amusing. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • Laughter; hilarity. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "risibility" in a sentence
  • "The gazers at Drilling soldiers discard risibility from the corners of their mouths, and every one led by hand-Bills or by hearing, are acting according to their pride, or their fear, or their interest."
  • "˜rational mortal animal™ is thought to be the real definition of ˜human being™, regardless of other associated features (even necessary features such as risibility) or fortuitous images (as any mental image of a human will be of someone with determinate features)."
  • "He is keenly alive to the risks—and occasional risibility—of American-style consumerism."
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