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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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The thought of Dinah's pale grave face and mild grey eyes, which the sight of the gown and cap brought with it, made it a laughable surprise enough to see them replaced by Hetty's round rosy cheeks and coquettish dark eyes.
Then she laughed--laughed as though something dear, but laughable, had recurred to her memory.
It was laughable, while we glanced along, as it were, at the tail of a thunderbolt, to observe two dusty foot travellers in the old pilgrim guise, with cockle shell and staff, their mystic rolls of parchment in their hands and their intolerable burdens on their backs.
I've managed to wake you up," the very savagery of which had a laughable effect.
The paragraph went on: "A laughable occurrence took place outside Wilkinson's Motor Garage last night.
For any laws but those which men make for themselves, are laughable.
Dick seemed a good deal moved, but was unwilling to betray it; while Joe was fairly dancing and breaking out in laughable remarks.
But Rodney enjoyed the courage which springs from that laughable and lovable defect, and when he had mastered his first impulse, in some way to make a fool of himself, he drew inspiration from the perfect fit of his evening dress.
The nearness of their bodies in this vast universe, and the minuteness of their bodies, seemed to him absurd and laughable.
You are a laughable incident or a terrifying one as you happen to be less powerful or more powerful than some other form of life which crosses your path; but as a rule you are of no moment whatsoever to anything but yourself.
Tudor had always been a wanderer, and with facile wit and quick vivid description he leaped from episode and place to episode and place, relating his experiences seemingly not because they were his, but for the sake of their bizarreness and uniqueness, for the unusual incident or the laughable situation.
It was an uneventful though laughable run from Tiburon to Asparagus Island, where we arrived in the afternoon of the following day.