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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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A more recent example is Patricia Rozema's adaptation of Mansfield Park (1999), in which Austen's humourlessly virtuous heroine is remoulded into a facetious social observer who, in one scene, even appears half-naked and simpering while having her corset tightened by Mary Crawford--a scene that one might think of as truer to the character of Fanny Hill than Fanny Price.
I cannot quite believe that a man as intelligent as Sidney would have seen things quite so humourlessly.
his poetry has been humourlessly didactic, crammed with |relevance' and shackled to relentless rhymes and rumty-tum rhythms, like a kind of politicised Pam Ayres" (v.
A spell doing work experience at a newspaper in West Yorkshire put paid to that ambition: when it came to unhealthily pallid skin complexions and humourlessly operating at unearthly hours, the bloodsuckers of Twilight could pick up some tips from those at The Daily Flat Cap 'n Whippet.
Humourlessly, and with all the Gallic charm of Asterix, she responded in English: "Yes Sirrrr, please seat over 'ere.