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humour

(US), humor
1. any of various fluids in the body, esp the aqueous humour and vitreous humour
2. Archaic any of the four bodily fluids (blood, phlegm, choler or yellow bile, melancholy or black bile) formerly thought to determine emotional and physical disposition

humour

amusement, laughter, and the like created by the paradoxical, ironic outcomes of social situations, language, and the portrayal of these in literature, art and the theatre. Although humour is a universal feature of human societies and a diverse literature exists (not least the work of Freud), the treatment of humour, has been only fragmentary within sociology, despite its importance in social life. See M. Mulkay, On Humour (1988).

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That is, Marianne's lack of humor sharpens Elinor's critical edge, and I would say that, similarly, Jane Bennet's humorlessness tends to make Elizabeth edgier toward Jane--to say things that may surprise us when we look closely at them.
Culled from papers first delivered at two symposia--the first at Temple University and a second held at City College of New York--this collection well represents the pugnacious humorlessness of much contemporary Jewish right-of-center thought.
Fairchild, who embraces humorlessness like wet laundry, might have understood that I was making a quiet joke.
The family-systems people see humorlessness as an anxiety sympto m; the lack of kind humor is the sign of a sick system, where the anxiety is high.
Greacen prefers The Loughsiders (1924), Bullock's last novel, and respects the accuracy of material and character descriptions, even though he does not like the humorlessness of the presentations.
In Ayers' frank narrative, one can trace the steps towards dour humorlessness and self-importance, which would dog left-leaning community organizers and stifle movements for social change for a generation.
My emphasis on the deliberate humorlessness of SE means to direct attention to the seriousness of De Palma's efforts here--a seriousness that flays open the body of his work to reveal the wounded logic of his own suspense genre.
There is, too, the long development of a certain high-mindedness, a humorlessness, a pulverization of delight that stamps a particular kind of European, male, heterosexual artist making figurative paintings against the prevailing grain.
He identifies Viola's veiled confession of love to Orsino as "the surprisingly troubled heart of the play," and he attributes the duping of Malvolio primarily to the character's own humorlessness and intolerance.
Rather, the problem is that he does it in an obfuscatory manner that, in league with the dense critical vocabulary he utilizes, imposes on the text a funereal aura of humorlessness not suggested by Isla's own narrative.
But even at its most predictable, The Awful Truth is a decent reminder of the narrowness and humorlessness of the rest of mainstream television's political discourse.
Yet another danger is the humorlessness with which scholarship approaches its own critical enterprise, equating the objectivity of science with an intolerance of the quirkiness of the sense of humor, which will then fail of appreciation as an ingredient in the repertory of Scriptural authors or, indeed, of their near-contemporaries in eastern and classical antiquity.