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That which is intended to induce laughter or amusement:
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  1. That which is intended to induce laughter or amusement:
  2. Aqueous humor.
  3. Vitreous humor.
The quality of being witty
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(Uncountable) The state or quality of being smart.
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  1. (Uncountable) The state or quality of being smart.
  2. (Countable) The result or product of being smart.
A whimsical speech, notion, or action; caprice
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  1. A whimsical speech, notion, or action; caprice
  2. (Countable) something whimsical; a caprice.
  3. A whimsical idea or its expression; a caprice.
Joking, humorous remarks or behaviour.
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A good-humored or playful manner in conversation or social relations.
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  1. A good-humored or playful manner in conversation or social relations.
  2. A polite social utterance; a civility:
  3. A playful remark; a jest
Something, such as a story, that is comical or whimsical.
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  1. Something, such as a story, that is comical or whimsical.
  2. A comical or whimsical way of acting, talking, or behaving.
  3. Quaint or wry humor
Waggish behavior or spirit; drollery.
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  1. Waggish behavior or spirit; drollery.
  2. The action, spirit, or manner of a wag; roguish jocularity or merriment
  3. A joke or jest; esp., a practical joke
Good-natured teasing, ridicule, or joking
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  1. Good-natured teasing, ridicule, or joking
  2. Good-humoured, playful, typically spontaneous conversation.
  3. Good-humored, playful, or teasing conversation.
A ludicrous or mocking imitation; a travesty:
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  1. A ludicrous or mocking imitation; a travesty:
  2. A variety show characterized by broad ribald comedy, dancing, and striptease.
  3. A literary or dramatic work that makes fun of something, often by means of outlandish exaggeration.
Irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to attack or expose human foolishness or vice.
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  1. Irony, sarcasm, or caustic wit used to attack or expose human foolishness or vice.
  2. A literary work in which human foolishness or vice is attacked through irony, derision, or wit.
  3. The use of ridicule, sarcasm, irony, etc. to expose, attack, or deride vices, follies, etc.
A combination of circumstances or a result that is the opposite of what is or might be expected or considered appropriate
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  1. A combination of circumstances or a result that is the opposite of what is or might be expected or considered appropriate
  2. The contrast, as in a play, between what a character thinks the truth is, as revealed in a speech or action, and what an audience or reader knows the truth to be
  3. A method of humorous or subtly sarcastic expression in which the intended meaning of the words is the direct opposite of their usual sense
Light, playful banter.
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  1. Light, playful banter.
  2. Playful raillery; banter.
  3. Playful, teasing talk; banter
A witty remark.
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Any sudden start into activity
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  1. Any sudden start into activity
  2. Any tree that looks like a willow
  3. A sudden effort toward action or expression:
Curious, quaint, or fanciful humor
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  1. Curious, quaint, or fanciful humor
  2. A quaint and fanciful idea. A whim. Playfully odd behaviour.
  3. Something odd or whimsical, as an art object, piece of writing, etc.
A swift, witty reply, especially one that is amusing.
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  1. A swift, witty reply, especially one that is amusing.
  2. Conversation marked by the exchange of witty retorts.
  3. A swift, witty reply.
A clever saying, phrase or witticism; often, a witty riposte in dialogue.
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  1. A clever saying, phrase or witticism; often, a witty riposte in dialogue.
  2. A clever saying; a witticism.
  3. An apt, clever, or witty remark
A funny anecdote with a punchline
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  1. A funny anecdote with a punchline
  2. (Informal) Something not to be taken seriously; a triviality:
  3. Something said or done to evoke laughter or amusement, especially an amusing story with a punch line.
A tersely phrased statement of a truth or opinion; an adage.
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  1. A tersely phrased statement of a truth or opinion; an adage.
  2. A short, pointed sentence expressing a wise or clever observation or a general truth; maxim; adage
  3. A brief statement of a scientific principle.
A lighthearted action or mood; fun; joking
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  1. A lighthearted action or mood; fun; joking
  2. A playful remark; a witticism or joke.
  3. A joke; witticism
A witty or, esp. formerly, sarcastic remark or reply; jest or gibe
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  1. A witty or, esp. formerly, sarcastic remark or reply; jest or gibe
  2. Something curious or odd
  3. A clever, witty remark.
Use of the epigram
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  1. Use of the epigram
  2. A short, witty poem expressing a single thought or observation.
  3. Any terse, witty, pointed statement, often with a clever twist in thought (Ex.: “Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes”)
A joke or type of wordplay in which similar senses or sounds of two words or phrases, or different senses of the same word, are deliberately confused.
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  1. A joke or type of wordplay in which similar senses or sounds of two words or phrases, or different senses of the same word, are deliberately confused.
  2. The use of a word, or of words which are formed or sounded alike, in such a way as to juxtapose, connect, or bring out two or more of the possible applications of the word or words, usually in a humorous way; a play on words
A flippant or facetious remark, often a gibe or retort
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  1. A flippant or facetious remark, often a gibe or retort
  2. A flippant or sarcastic remark.
  3. A witty or sarcastic comment or quip.
A practical joke or hoax
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  1. A practical joke or hoax
  2. A device for holding the jaws open for dental work or for any surgery inside the mouth
  3. Something put into or over the mouth to prevent talking, crying out, etc.
(Archaic) A person with a good sense of humor
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  1. (Archaic) A person with a good sense of humor
  2. A performer or writer of humorous material.
  3. A person skilled in the expression of humor; esp., a professional writer or teller of amusing stories, jokes, etc.
A maker of puns.
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  1. A maker of puns.
  2. A person who likes to make puns.
  3. A person who habitually makes, or is fond of making, puns
Someone who writes an epigram (any meanings)
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  1. Someone who writes an epigram (any meanings)
An entertainer who performs in a humorous manner, especially by telling jokes.
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  1. An entertainer who performs in a humorous manner, especially by telling jokes.
  2. A writer of comedy.
  3. An actor in comedy.
(Idiomatic) A person who participates in entertainment events in a very enthusiastic manner and who has a leading role in inspiring others to join in the spirit of festivity.
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  1. (Idiomatic) A person who participates in entertainment events in a very enthusiastic manner and who has a leading role in inspiring others to join in the spirit of festivity.
The act or motion of wagging:
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  1. The act or motion of wagging:
  2. A comical or humorous person; joker; wit
  3. The act or an instance of wagging
A person who makes wisecrack remarks; a smart aleck
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  1. A person who makes wisecrack remarks; a smart aleck
A mobster.
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  1. A mobster.
  2. A smart aleck.
A bundle of nerves in many invertebrate animals that is similar to the vertebrate brain in function and position.
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  1. A bundle of nerves in many invertebrate animals that is similar to the vertebrate brain in function and position.
  2. Exceptional intellectual ability; intelligence:
  3. The portion of the vertebrate central nervous system that is enclosed within the cranium, continuous with the spinal cord, and composed of gray matter and white matter. It is the primary center for the regulation and control of bodily activities, receiving and interpreting sensory impulses, and transmitting information to the muscles and body organs. In humans, it is also the seat of consciousness, thought, memory, and emotion.
  1. Mental ability; intelligence.
  2. Mental ability; intellectual power
  3. Intelligent people considered as a group.
The ability to learn and reason; the capacity for knowledge and understanding:
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  1. The ability to learn and reason; the capacity for knowledge and understanding:
  2. A mind or intelligence, esp. a superior one
  3. The ability to reason or understand or to perceive relationships, differences, etc.; power of thought; mind
(--- Psychol.) Measured success in using these abilities to perform certain tasks
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  1. (--- Psychol.) Measured success in using these abilities to perform certain tasks
  2. The ability to acquire, understand, and use knowledge:
  3. Generally, any degree of keenness of mind, cleverness, shrewdness, etc.
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  1. A mindset; a way of thinking.
  2. Mental attitude or outlook; state of mind
  3. Cast or turn of mind:
The part or faculty of a person by which one feels, perceives, thinks, remembers, desires, and imagines:
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  1. The part or faculty of a person by which one feels, perceives, thinks, remembers, desires, and imagines:
  2. Focus of thought; attention:
  3. Individual consciousness, memory, or recollection:
Intellectual interpretation, as of the significance of an event or the conclusions reached by a group:
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  1. Intellectual interpretation, as of the significance of an event or the conclusions reached by a group:
  2. Natural understanding or intelligence, especially in practical matters:
  3. A perception or feeling produced by a stimulus; sensation:
A disposition to appreciate or share the feelings and thoughts of others; sympathy:
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  1. A disposition to appreciate or share the feelings and thoughts of others; sympathy:
  2. (Countable) Reason or intelligence, ability to grasp the full meaning of knowledge, ability to infer.
  3. The power or ability to think, learn, judge, etc.; intelligence; sense
Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight:
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  1. Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight:
  2. Keenness and quickness in understanding and dealing with a situation; shrewdness
The quality of being astute.
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The ability to distinguish; judgement.
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  1. The ability to distinguish; judgement.
  2. The act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment.
  3. To distinguish between things.
The ability or power to see or make fine distinctions; discernment.
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  1. The ability or power to see or make fine distinctions; discernment.
  2. Partiality, or bias, in the treatment of a person or group, which is unfair, illegal, etc.
  3. The act of denying rights, benefits, justice, equitable treatment, or access to facilities available to all others, to an individual or group of people because of their race, age, gender, handicap or other defining characteristic. See also reverse discrimination. The act of denying rights, benefits, justice, equitable treatment, or access to facilities available to all others, to an individual or group of people because of their race, age, gender, handicap or other defining characteristic. See also reverse discrimination.
(Anatomy) The vertebrate organ of sight, composed of a pair of fluid-filled spherical structures that occupy the orbits of the skull. Incoming light is refracted by the cornea of the eye and transmitted through the pupil to the lens, which focuses the image onto the retina.
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  1. (Anatomy) The vertebrate organ of sight, composed of a pair of fluid-filled spherical structures that occupy the orbits of the skull. Incoming light is refracted by the cornea of the eye and transmitted through the pupil to the lens, which focuses the image onto the retina.
  2. A choice center cut of meat, as of beef:
  3. A brood.
The sense of smell:
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  1. The sense of smell:
  2. The part of the human face between the mouth and the eyes, having two openings and cavities behind them for breathing and smelling
  3. The ability to detect, sense, or discover as if by smell:
The faculty, act or power of perceiving; perception.
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Acuteness of perception, discernment, or understanding.
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  1. Acuteness of perception, discernment, or understanding.
  2. The human faculty or power to mentally grasp or understand clearly.
The quality or an instance of being sagacious; penetrating intelligence and sound judgment
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  1. The quality or an instance of being sagacious; penetrating intelligence and sound judgment
The property of being sage.
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  1. The property of being sage.
The quality of being shrewd.
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  1. The quality of being shrewd.
  2. An invented collective name for a group of apes.
The property of being lucid; lucidity.
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The part or faculty of a person by which one feels, perceives, thinks, remembers, desires, and imagines:
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  1. The part or faculty of a person by which one feels, perceives, thinks, remembers, desires, and imagines:
  2. Focus of thought; attention:
  3. Individual consciousness, memory, or recollection:
Sound thought or judgment; good sense
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  1. Sound thought or judgment; good sense
  2. A fact or cause that explains why something exists or has occurred:
  3. Normal mental powers; a sound mind; sanity
The property of being sane.
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  1. The property of being sane.
Soundness of judgment or reason.
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  1. Soundness of judgment or reason.
  2. The condition of being sane; soundness of mind; mental health
  3. The quality or condition of being sane; soundness of mind.
Natural understanding or intelligence, especially in practical matters:
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  1. Natural understanding or intelligence, especially in practical matters:
  2. Ability to think or reason soundly; normal intelligence and judgment, often as reflected in behavior
  3. A perception or feeling produced by a stimulus; sensation:
(Uncountable) The state or quality of being sound.
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  1. (Uncountable) The state or quality of being sound.
  2. (Countable) The result or product of being sound.
  3. (Logic) The property of a logical theory that whenever a wff is a theorem then it must also be valid. Symbolically, letting T represent a theory within logic L, this can be represented as the property that whenever is true, then must also be true, for any wff φ of logic L.
The genre made up of such works.
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  1. The genre made up of such works.
  2. The writing, acting, or theoretical principles of this kind of drama
  3. A dramatic work that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone and that usually contains a happy resolution of the thematic conflict.
The state of being comical.
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  1. The state of being comical.
  2. Something comical.
The state or quality of being comical.
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  1. The state or quality of being comical.
(Archaic) a puppet show; a comic play or entertainment; a comic picture; a caricature.
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  1. (Archaic) a puppet show; a comic play or entertainment; a comic picture; a caricature.
  2. A comical or whimsical way of acting, talking, or behaving.
  3. Quaint or wry humor
The property of being farcical.
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(Uncountable) The quality of being funny.
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  1. (Uncountable) The quality of being funny.
  2. (Countable) Something funny; a quirky or amusing statement, mannerism, etc.
Aqueous humor.
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  1. Aqueous humor.
  2. That which is intended to induce laughter or amusement:
  3. Vitreous humor.
(Uncountable) The state or quality of being humorous.
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  1. (Uncountable) The state or quality of being humorous.
  2. (Countable) The result or product of being humorous.
The state of being jocose
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(Countable) A jocose utterance.
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  1. (Countable) A jocose utterance.
  2. A jocose action or remark
  3. The quality or state of being jocose
Joking, humorous remarks or behaviour.
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The state or quality of being ludicrous.
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  1. The state or quality of being ludicrous.
(Uncountable) The characteristic of being ridiculous.
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  1. (Uncountable) The characteristic of being ridiculous.
  2. (Countable) The result of being ridiculous.
The quality of being witty
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The state or condition of being zany.
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  1. The state or condition of being zany.
A person who constantly plays the fool, makes jokes, etc.; buffoon
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  1. A person who constantly plays the fool, makes jokes, etc.; buffoon
  2. A performer who entertains, as in a circus, by antics, jokes, tricks, etc.; jester
  3. A buffoon or jester who entertains by jokes, antics, and tricks in a circus, play, or other presentation.
An entertainer who performs in a humorous manner, especially by telling jokes.
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  1. An entertainer who performs in a humorous manner, especially by telling jokes.
  2. (By extension) Any person who is characteristically humorous or amusing.
  3. A person who amuses others by behaving in a comic way
A person whose behavior elicits laughter.
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  1. A person whose behavior elicits laughter.
  2. A comic book.
  3. A section of comic strips, as in a newspaper
A comic; a wag.
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  1. A comic; a wag.
  2. A person who writes farces, or who performs in them
  3. One who acts in or writes a farce.
A humorous man, especially one who is a professional comedian.
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  1. A humorous man, especially one who is a professional comedian.
  2. (Informal) comedian
A performer or writer of humorous material.
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  1. A performer or writer of humorous material.
  2. (Archaic) A person with a good sense of humor
  3. A person skilled in the expression of humor; esp., a professional writer or teller of amusing stories, jokes, etc.
A person in bright garb and fool’s cap who amused a mediaeval royal court.
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  1. A person in bright garb and fool’s cap who amused a mediaeval royal court.
  2. One given to jesting.
  3. A person who jests; esp., a professional fool employed by a medieval ruler for amusement
A clause that is included in a legislative bill or a contract in order to render the bill or contract inoperative or oppressive in some respect while appearing to be innocuous until the harm has been done.
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  1. A clause that is included in a legislative bill or a contract in order to render the bill or contract inoperative or oppressive in some respect while appearing to be innocuous until the harm has been done.
  2. A deceptive means of getting the better of someone.
  3. (Games) A playing card, usually printed with a picture of a jester, used in certain games as the highest-ranking card or as a wild card.
  1. Joker
  2. One who tells or plays jokes; a joker.
  3. A person who plays practical jokes
A person who makes quips; a joker
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  1. A person who makes quips; a joker
  2. One given to or known for making quips.
The act or an instance of wagging
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  1. The act or an instance of wagging
  2. The act or motion of wagging:
  3. A comical or humorous person; joker; wit
A comical person given to extravagant or outlandish behavior.
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  1. A comical person given to extravagant or outlandish behavior.
  2. A clown or buffoon; specif., a former stock character in comedies who clownishly aped the principal actors
  3. 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
A card to advertise or announce an event, product, etc.
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  1. A card to advertise or announce an event, product, etc.
  2. A business card.
  3. A punch card.

Synonym Study

  • Repartee refers to the ability to reply or retort with quick, skillful wit or humor
  • Satire applies to the use, especially in literature, of ridicule, sarcasm, irony, etc. in exposing and attacking vices or follies
  • Irony refers to the humor implicit in the contradiction between literal expression and intended meaning or in the discrepancy between appearance and reality in life
  • Humor is applied to the ability to perceive and express that which is comical, ludicrous, or ridiculous, but connotes kindliness, geniality, sometimes even pathos, in the expression and a reaction of sympathetic amusement from the audience
  • Wit refers to the ability to perceive the incongruous and to express it in quick, sharp, spontaneous, often sarcastic remarks that delight or entertain
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