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  • n. The state or quality of being laughable; ludicrousness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being laughable.


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  • It was his way to pretend that we knew far more than we did; so with perfect courtesy and gravity, he would ask our opinion on some matter of which we knew next to nothing; and we knew it was only his exquisiteness of good manners that impelled the habit; and we knew he knew the laughableness of it; yet we adored him for it.

    Plum Pudding Of Divers Ingredients, Discreetly Blended & Seasoned

  • The clown's lips were very sober in spite of the general laughableness of his face, but as he kept looking at Jerry a smile started right at the corners of his mouth and then disappeared.

    The Circus Comes to Town

  • But Collins's eyes had read health, vigour, and long life, as well as laughableness of appearance and action in the long-eared hybrid.

    Chapter 26

  • He is a brilliant, carrying noise on behalf of freedom of thought; and his special equipment for his peculiar revivalist mission comes of his gift for revealing to the common mind not merely the untruth of hypocrisy, but the laughableness of hypocrisy, first of all.

    Vanishing Roads and Other Essays

  • Just for the moment of their reconciliation, it seemed to both that they came closer to each other than they had ever been before, and the chance of the need of any such another reconciliation was impossible to the verge of laughableness, so that before five minutes were past he could make the smile break through her tears at the absurdity of the moment that now seemed quite unreal.


  • The laughableness of the thing -- this ferocious atomy defying him -- struck home to the little man.

    Bob, Son of Battle

  • Simple it was, so he said, to laughableness; yet, if their surmise was correct, it would serve as an effectual preventive if not cure, and would at least give them time to turn round.

    Bob, Son of Battle


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