Usage examples for risible

  1. At one time the fulness of an almost bursting heart was ready to pour forth in bitter denunciation- then the miserable absurdity of the thing, rushing into my mind, would excite my risible propensities. – A Visit To The United States In 1841 by Joseph Sturge
  2. Annette declined to laugh at the most risible caricatures of Tinman. – The Short Works of George Meredith by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  3. He delighted in seeing the contortions of the risible muscles which were uniformly on duty in all proper circles when James Smith was present. – Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution by L. Carroll Judson
  4. Our risible faculties are not always under our control. – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  5. O, my rib risible! – Ulysses by James Joyce
  6. He threw his full length of limb upon a neighbouring sofa, and literally rolled with cachinnatory convulsions; nor did his risible emotions subside until the entrance of the hung- beef restored him to recollection. – Paul Clifford, Volume 1. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  7. Being a good- humoured fellow, and of a risible nature, the alternations were frequent. – Ungava by R.M. Ballantyne
  8. Nay, it is a well known fact, which I can testify from my own experience, that on a clear still summer evening you may hear from the battery of New York the obstreperous peals of broad- mouthed laughter of the Dutch negroes at Communipaw, who, like most other negroes, are famous for their risible powers. – Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete by Washington Irving
  9. Amazed at the torrent, my mother stood aghast; Mowbray burst into unextinguishable laughter: I preserved my gravity as long as I possibly could; I felt the risible infection seizing me, and that malicious Mowbray, just when he saw me in the struggle- the agony- sent me back such an image of my own length of face, that there was no withstanding it. – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  10. In vain did the officers suggest, that for those ambitious of a soldier's grave, there was at length an eligible opening; they would gain no laurels, but allowed themselves to be kept at bay; they laughed outright at their commanders, and, instead of straining every nerve for success, they kept their risible muscles only in full exercise. – The Comic History of Rome by Gilbert Abbott Becket
  11. It was, somehow, both an awe- inspiring and a slightly risible sight. – Brain Twister by Gordon Randall Garrett Laurence Mark Janifer
  12. Win Milton could hardly control his risible muscles; for he was inclined to laugh outright as he heard a young fellow of eighteen talk as though he understood military law as well as he did cavalry tactics. – A Lieutenant at Eighteen by Oliver Optic
  13. Tim came in promptly with his risible symphony. – The Red Acorn by John McElroy
  14. " Oh, Sam 'll explain all about his bizness," replied Tom, laughing again, the ridiculous nature of the whole thing appealing strongly to his risible faculties. – The Island Treasure by John Conroy Hutcheson
  15. I was once present when a brother missionary attempted to sing in the midst of a wild heathen tribe of natives who had no music in their composition, and the effect on the risible faculties of the audience was such that the tears actually ran down their cheeks. – Hunting the Lions by R.M. Ballantyne
  16. He was indeed the soul of mirth, good- humour, and kindly feelings towards others; he even felt kindly towards the first- lieutenant, who persecuted him for his risible propensities. – The Pirate by Frederick Marryat
  17. Europe was in transports of laughter at a country proclaiming human liberty, while clinging to all the traditions of slavery, and her risible faculties were really excusable in face of such a paradox. – Abraham Lincoln's Religion by Madison Clinton Peters