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derision
ridicule, mockery
risible
laughter producing
bathos
anticlimax, false or excessive pathos
Greek for depth
bathometer
instrument for measuring water depths
bathysphere
a chamber lowered to great depths in the ocean
spoonerism
a slip of the tongue in which soudns are transposed, with bathetic effect
pun
a witty play on words
pathos
feeling or suffering
burlesque
a comic imitation or takeoff;
a humorous distortion of an impressive situation or event
parody
a comic imitation of a well-known literary or musical composition
travesty
a crude or grotesque imitation of something impressive, or it is a situation or incident which appears to be a distorted imitation
caricature
a picture or account which exaggerates certain features of a person or situation in order to poke fun
irony
mild sarcasm, a grimly humorous effect of words, or a situation opposite to what one expects
sarcasm
harsh, cutting derision in which irony is often used
satire
ridicule, especially in literary form
lampoon
a stronly satiric piece of writing, generally brief and usually directed at a person
levity
light-mindedness, frivolity;
implies an unseemly lack of seriousness
levigate
to make smooth or into smooth paste
levitate
to ries into the air
facetiousness
witty levity
flippancy
pertness, lightly disrespectful talk or action, sauciness
flip
quick, easy, glib, conceited, or frivolous , and often disrescpectful
hilarity
boisterous levity
merriment
joyous but less comic and boisterous than hilarity
mirth
prolonged amusement or merriment
jocularity
good-natured, playful joyousness
jovial
hearty and good-humored
jocose
light-hearted or intended to cause laughter
jocund
cheerful, good-natured, and spirited
ludicrousness
laughable, riculousness
ludicrous
used mostly of objects and
repartee
rapid, witty conversation or reply
bohemian
loose, arty, unconventional;
a gypsy kind of carefree, nomadic existence
catatonic
marked by stupor or muscular rigidity, often alternating with excitement
cata-
a prefic meaning down(ward), against, away, or backward
catalepsy
a kind of seizure marked by muscular rigidity and temporary loss of consciousness
cataclysm
a washing down or aaway; a great flood of sudden upheaval
catacombs
tombs or vaults underground, as in Rome
catalyst
in chemistry or societ, encourages a desired reaction by its presence
catapult
a machine or other device for hurling rocks (down)
catarrh
inflammation of mucous membrane
cataract
waterfall
ecumenical
worldwide, universal, church-uniting
sectarian
devoted to one specific seet or denomination
empirical
based on experience or experiment
nether
down, below
palatable
tasty, savory, agreeable
palate
the roof of the mouth
paranoid
characterized by suspiciousness and a feeling of beeing persecuted; implies abnormality or mental imbalance
psychedelic
producing an unnatural mental state
hallucinogens
known as psychedelic drugs because they produce a state of "heightened consciousness" which involves hallucinations