black humor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n black humor the juxtaposition of morbid and farcical elements (in writing or drama) to give a disturbing effect
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Usage

In literature:

He laid his hand on the black bag again, smiled, and turned and faced her with expanding good humor.
"The Foolish Virgin" by Thomas Dixon
His bright humor marked the reaction from his black depression of the preceding days.
"The Sign of the Four" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Her interposition in favor of her young protege only made the black and jealous Rowski more ill-humored.
"Burlesques" by William Makepeace Thackeray
My lord knows what he risks, and he's in as black a humor as ever you saw.
"To Have and To Hold" by Mary Johnston
Rios touched up the ends of his black mustachios and appeared highly good humored.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
They were nice black eyes, the sort that brim over with humor, yet way at the back of them I caught a glimpse of something else.
"The Lost Valley" by J. M. Walsh
There was always a sunny margin of good humor around the black object of his hate.
"By the Christmas Fire" by Samuel McChord Crothers
The black-maned lion was in a bad humor and repeatedly turned as if intent to stop and defend his outraged dignity.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
The human interlude had been enough to dispel the black humors of the night.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
The descriptions of Mr. Ebony, their black comrade, and of the scenes of savage life, are full of genuine humor.
"Slow and Sure" by Horatio Alger
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In news:

Federal Judge Lee West had left the black-tie audience laughing with homespun humor and self-deprecating remarks that shocked even his fellow jurists.
Students at an unknown medical school, circa 1895, use black humor to express their feelings about dissection.
'Parks and Recreation' Star Aubrey Plaza Has a Black Belt in Deadpan Humor.
Syrians face crackdown with satire, black humor .
D.C.'s Leon Scott got a spike in readers after winning Best Humor Blog in the 2006 Black Weblog Awards.
Taylor's essay struck me as both exasperating and amusing (in the sense of black humor).
Students at an unknown medical school, circa 1895, use black humor to express their feelings about dissection .
Politics, Humor, and How to Be Black.
On today's show: Baratunde Thurston talks about the craft of political humor and offers tips from his comic memoir, How to Be Black.
Why Blacks aren't laughing at Romney's birther ' humor .
In the anguished days following Sept 11 cultural prognosticators were quick to declare the death of irony, cynicism and black humor.
Indian author Joseph's smart new novel, after 2010's PEN/Open Book Award–winning Serious Men, is laced with black humor and keen observations on human nature.
Why Blacks aren't laughing at Romney's birther 'humor.
Cowboy poet Baxter Black entertained a crowd of about 550 at Northeastern Junior Colleges Bank of Colorado Event Center Thursday with humorous tales about cowboys, farmers and the agricultural way of life.
Testa's Take: ' Nacho Libre' Directed by Jared Hess Written by Jared and Jerusha Hess and Mike White With Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Hector Jiménez Rated PG for some rough action, and crude humor including dialogue.
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