Sentence Examples


  • In the House of Commons his light but pointed humour gradually led to the coining of a new word, "birrelling," and his literary and oratorical reputation grew apace.
  • Macaulay states that the members of council were put in ill-humour because their salute of guns was not proportionate to their dignity.
  • But when this habit becomes the characteristic of any wit, it is impossible to prevent it from degenerating into occasional buffoonery, and from supplying a cheap and ready resource, whenever the true vein of humour becomes thin or rare.
  • Happy the humorist whose works and life are an illustration of the great moral truth that the sense of humour is the just balance of all the faculties of man, the best security against the pride of knowledge and the conceits of the imagination, the strongest inducement to submit with a wise and pious patience to the vicissitudes of human existence.
  • The humour of this last is especially bright and effective, but, unluckily for the author, the piece is believed to have been retouched by some other hand.

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