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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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I have just read--quickly, the more quickly the further I got into them--the published journals of Alfred Kazin, a writer who had all the deep humorlessness and badgering moralizing of Thoreau with none of his feeling for nature, and almost every word in them is devoted to self-justification (no small project), self-dramatizing, and attacks on enemies.
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To be sure, there is also in this self-narrative evidence of pettiness and humorlessness, a lack of empathy for many of the people to whom Hilberg introduces his readers which evokes William James's notable title "On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings.
Schaeffer's direction stresses the humorlessness in action that includes heaping doses of blood and suffering, one gratuitous nude scene and a mountain of self-righteousness.
And doesn't their apparent humorlessness entitle us to laugh at them?
Repeating this accusation elsewhere, Schwartz refers to "the hegemonic mode of experimental formalism known as language poetry" (3), stressing also the absence of pleasure in that work just as Weinberger (1993, 399) alleges its humorlessness.
I take it for granted that most American art, like the bulk of American literature, aspires to the condition of a sermon or a social-science seminar, and so I didn't quarrel with the humorlessness of the exhibition.
His Giovanni is, however, serious-minded about sex (and violence, for that matter) to the point of humorlessness.
Hussey [the CEO] was thin, intense, tidy, serious to the point of humorlessness, impeccably groomed and coifed, and given to bluster.
En route, Diego's humorlessness clashes against Simon's irresponsible, short-attention-span nature; ultimately, airing of mutual vulnerabilities and lingering familial pain brings a closer bond.
Political correctness is associated with doctrinaire humorlessness and a neurotic sensitivity to trivial concerns.