cachinnate

[kak-uh-neyt]
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Origin of cachinnate

1815–25; < Latin cachinnātus (past participle of cachinnāre to laugh aloud, laugh immoderately), equivalent to cachinn- laugh aloud + -ātus -ate1
Related formscach·in·na·tion, nouncach·in·na·tor, nouncach·in·na·to·ry [kak-uh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, kuh-kin-uh-] /ˈkæk ə nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, kəˈkɪn ə-/, adjective
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Related Words for cachinnation

roar, hilarity, laughter, cackle, guffaw

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British Dictionary definitions for cachinnation

cachinnation

noun
  1. raucous laughter
  2. psychiatry inappropriate laughter, sometimes found in schizophrenia

cachinnate

verb
  1. (intr) to laugh loudly
Derived Formscachinnatory, adjective

Word Origin for cachinnate

C19: from Latin cacchināre, probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for cachinnation
n.

"loud laughter," 1620s, from Latin cachinnationem (nominative cachinnatio) "violent laughter, excessive laughter," noun of action from past participle stem of cachinnare "to laugh immoderately or loudly," of imitative origin. Cf. Sanskrit kakhati "laughs," Greek kakhazein "to laugh loudly," Old High German kachazzen, English cackle, Armenian xaxanc'.

cachinnate

v.

"to laugh loudly or immoderately," 1824, from Latin cachinnatum, past participle of cachinnare (see cachinnation). Related: Cachinnated; cachinnating.

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cachinnation in Medicine

cachinnation

[kăk′ə-nāshən]
n.
  1. Loud, hard, or compulsive laughter without apparent cause.
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