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laugh

(laf) [ME. laughen, to laugh]
1. The sound produced by laughing. Synonym: risus
2. To express emotion, usually happiness or mirth, by a series of inarticulate sounds. Typically the mouth is open and a wide smile is present.

sardonic laugh

Risus sardonicus.
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At camp, I had difficulty understanding that it was all right to take a bite of food, make a comment, laugh at someone's response, and then talk some more.
And all these people who claim to be so damned different, they respond to the same thing; they laugh at the same jokes, cry at the same instants, and show how totally entrapped by our humanity we all are.