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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Definitions for risibility

  1. Often, risibilities. the ability or disposition to laugh; humorous awareness of the ridiculous and absurd.
  2. laughter.

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Citations for risibility
But the little hard bright eyes were invisible now; it was only the bushy overhang of the brows which seemed to concentrate downward toward him in writhen immobility, not frowning but with a sort of fierce risibility. William Faulkner, The Hamlet, 1940
Victor's his old self, good-natured, reserved, with just the faintest risibility agleam in his muddy eyes. Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins: The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time near the End of the World, 1971
Origin of risibility
1610-1620
Risibility stems from the Late Latin word rīsibilis meaning "that can laugh."