noun (plural -ties) Date: 1620 1. laughter 2. the ability or inclination to laugh — often used in plural <
our risibilities support us as we skim over the surface of a deep issue — J. A. Pike

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Risibility — Ris i*bil i*ty, n. [CF. F. risibilit[ e].] The quality of being risible; as, risibility is peculiar to the human species. [1913 Webster] A strong and obvious disposition to risibility. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • risibility — [riz΄ə bil′ə tē] n. pl. risibilities 1. the quality or state of being risible; ability or inclination to laugh ☆ 2. [usually pl.] a sense of the ridiculous or amusing; appreciation of what is laughable …   English World dictionary

  • risibility — risible ► ADJECTIVE ▪ such as to provoke laughter. DERIVATIVES risibility noun risibly adverb. ORIGIN Latin risibilis, from ridere to laugh …   English terms dictionary

  • risibility — /riz euh bil i tee/, n., pl. risibilities. 1. Often, risibilities. the ability or disposition to laugh; humorous awareness of the ridiculous and absurd. 2. laughter. [1610 20; < LL risibilitas. See RISIBLE, ITY] * * * …   Universalium

  • risibility — noun The property of being risible …   Wiktionary

  • risibility — Synonyms and related words: Homeric laughter, belly laugh, boff, boffola, burst of laughter, cachinnation, cackle, chortle, chuckle, convulsion, crow, fit of laughter, funny bone, gales of laughter, giggle, guffaw, ha ha, hearty laugh, hee haw,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • risibility — ris·i·bil·i·ty || ‚rɪzÉ™ bɪlÉ™tɪ n. tendency to laugh; quality of causing laughter …   English contemporary dictionary

  • risibility — ris·i·bil·i·ty …   English syllables

  • risibility — ris•i•bil•i•ty [[t]ˌrɪz əˈbɪl ɪ ti[/t]] n. pl. ties 1) Often, risibilities. the ability or disposition to laugh; humorous awareness 2) laughter …   From formal English to slang

  • risibility — /rɪzəˈbɪləti/ (say rizuh biluhtee) noun (plural risibilities) 1. ability or disposition to laugh. 2. → laughter. {Late Latin rīsibilitas} …   Australian English dictionary

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