forced laughter

forced laughter

Neurology
Pathological laughter, see there.
 
Vox populi
Compulsive laughter—laughter that typically occurs without a whimsical or jocular substrate, which is meant as a courtesy, to disguise anxiety or disagreement, or as an effort to interact with strangers.
References in classic literature ?
Minerva now made the suitors fall to laughing immoderately, and set their wits wandering; but they were laughing with a forced laughter. Their meat became smeared with blood; their eyes filled with tears, and their hearts were heavy with forebodings.
Banter can be counter-productive, too, if it's forced laughter and laboured joviality, especially when it has nothing to do with the news and it comes across as phony.Anchors must remain sober and serious at all times even as they engage in small talk.
There's forced laughter, awkwardness and fake smiles.
She's turning on the forced laughter at his terrible quips and physically recoiled when he asked his new TV wife whether he had any "conjugal rights".
The uneasy combination of high jinks gone too far, forced laughter and the threat of impending horror persists throughout the play.
The uneasy combination of hi-jinks gone too far, forced laughter and the threat of impending horror persists throughout the play.
He said the forced laughter in a group could be therapeutic.
The conversation between the two men, while Sylvia prepares off-stage for the night out, is one of stiff politesse, forced laughter, and arch comments.
"Look, I've accidentally come in wearing odd shoes," I verbally accosted them, my forced laughter enhancing the impression that I was becoming unhinged.
Forced laughter sounds were incorporated into all of this mayhem and Sharon egged us on as we bellowed out hearty 'ho's ha's and hees.
And, as arduous as such forced laughter might sound, it made everybody feel better.