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humour

A fluid or gel-like substance.

hu·mor

(hyū'mŏr) [TA]
1. Any clear fluid or semifluid hyaline anatomic substance.
2. One of the elemental body fluids that were the basis of the physiologic and pathologic teachings of the hippocratic school: blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm.
Synonym(s): humour.
[L. correctly, umor, liquid]

humour

The possession of, or the capacity to perceive, those things which excite laughter or the desire to laugh. Humour is one of the more mysterious characteristics of the human being and its nature has been endlessly argued. We laugh when we are painlessly surprised; when we perceive foolishness or qualities to which we consider ourselves superior; when we see the pompous deflated, the powerful threatened or the consciously superior mocked. Theories abound, none of them entirely convincing. Humour is, however, a valuable human attribute and its absence is a personality defect.

humour

any body fluid, particularly those in front of, and behind, the lens of the eye, the AQUEOUS HUMOUR and VITREOUS HUMOUR.

hu·mor

(hyū'mŏr) [TA]
1. Any clear fluid or semifluid hyaline anatomic substance.
2. One of the elemental body fluids that were the basis of the physiologic and pathologic teachings of the hippocratic school: blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm.
See also: humoral doctrine
Synonym(s): humour.
[L. correctly, umor, liquid]
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Smuts surrendered office to Nationalist leader and fellow Cape Dutchman Daniel Malan, a peculiar man whose dour mien and humorlessness made even the Field Marshall seem vivacious.
To see how Marianne's accusatory rather than joking responses cause friction between her and Elinor, it's worth looking closely at an exchange between Elinor, Marianne, and Edward that highlights Marianne's humorlessness.
Not unlike Robin Wood's schematically Freudian-Marxist methodology, which much of Framing Monsters closely echoes, there is a certain humorlessness underlying the book's insistent critical resistance to the apparently always insidious seductions of popular cinema.
The whole structure of the sequence, particularly the way phrases are shaped, the way certain allusions are made to Laurel and Hardy and comic papers is an acknowledgment of this monstrous inequality; and to read it any other way seems to me to reveal a humorlessness
Instead, Petersen applies the same straight-ahead, live-or-die humorlessness that has marked the German director's other oceangoing epics, ``Das Boot'' and ``The Perfect Storm.