black humour

Definitions

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

In literature:

But he is a pleasant, good humoured fellow, and has got the nicest little black bitch of a pointer I ever saw.
"Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen
But I have now your assurance at my back, and shall put it in my book, and make it an antidote to my black humours.
"The Mystery of Edwin Drood" by Charles Dickens
The Old Lady noticed the timidity and smiled, with something of her old humour and spirit in her black eyes.
"Chronicles of Avonlea" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The sight of her bright black eyes and of her rich brown cheek sufficed to put the most turbulent audience into good humour.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
There followed a distribution of black kid gloves, and much trying on and humouring of fingers.
"The History of Mr. Polly" by H. G. Wells
No, she was not wearing black in honour of the dead, but to humour the living.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
Graeme had very soon run across the little misanthrope and, in his own black humour, found him amusing.
"Pearl of Pearl Island" by John Oxenham
Could she be blind to his black humours, which, to me, were more visible even than his good looks?
"Carette of Sark" by John Oxenham
Black Jack is in a bad humour to-day.
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
His black eyes were full of good-humoured deviltry.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
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