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  • Debes ludibrium, cave_. "was the appropriate matter of Mr. Lewisham's thoughts, and he was mechanically trying to keep the book open in three places at once, at the text, the notes, and the literal translation, while he turned up the vocabulary for _ludibrium_, when his attention, wandering dangerously near the top of the page, fell over the edge and escaped with incredible swiftness down the avenue ....

    Love and Mr. Lewisham

  • Pulchritudo corporis, temporis et fugacior ludibrium. orat.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • In his _Popius_ eam in ludibrium vertit, &c. Sed eximius Poeta neque in veteribus suæ ipsius linguæ, nedum Græcæ monumentis versatus, tantum scilicet de antiqua illa litera vidit, quantum _de Shakespearii_

    Notes and Queries, Number 50, October 12, 1850

  • And so he threw down the gauntlet to his century and lifted the ludibrium of the French wits to the pedestal of an inspired savior of France.

    The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller

  • And so he threw down the gauntlet to his century and lifted the _ludibrium_ of the

    The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller

  • (Gramen aciculatum) Usus ejus fere nullus est, sed hic detegendum est taediosum ludibrium, quod quis habet, si quis per campos vel in sylvis procedat, ubi hoc gramen ad vias publicas crescit, quum praetereuntium vestibus, hoc semen quam maxime inhaeret.

    The History of Sumatra Containing An Account Of The Government, Laws, Customs And Manners Of The Native Inhabitants

  • Proh Deûm atque hominum fidem! quare illi, cui ne libella nummi est, dentes, stomachum, viscera concessit natura? mehercule, nostro ludibrium debens corpori, frustra laboravit a patre voluntario exilio, qui macrum ligone macriorem reddit agellum.

    The Poems of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Volume 2

  • Kecordari quoque potuit notissimum Popii locum, ubi Satyricus ille, in versibus quidem facetis et admodum ridiculis, Bentleium, et Digamma fiocm scilicet, in ludibrium vertit J, ingeniosior sane qnani doc - tior poeta.

    Literary Anecdotes of the Eighteenth Century: Comprising Biographical Memoirs of William Bowyer ...

  • This produced a slight conflict between Denis's personal vanity and superstition; but on this occasion superstition prevailed: he even felt his spirits considerably elevated by the incident, mounted the mare, and after jerking himself once or twice in the saddle, to be certain that all was right, he touched her with the spur, and set out to be examined by the Bishop, exclaiming as he went, "Let his lordship take care that I don't make a _ludibrium_ of him."

    Going to Maynooth Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three

  • Debes ludibrium, cave.” was the appropriate matter of Mr. Lewisham’s thoughts, and he was mechanically trying to keep the book open in three places at once, at the text, the notes, and the literal translation, while he turned up the vocabulary for ludibrium, when his attention, wandering dangerously near the top of the page, fell over the edge and escaped with incredible swiftness down the avenue ....

    Love and Mr Lewisham

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  • Andreae spent the rest of his life swearing he hadn't written the manifestoes, which he claimed were a lusus, a ludibrium, a prank.
    --Umberto Eco, 1988, Foucault's Pendulum, p. 196

    October 3, 2008