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Abderian

Given to excessive or incessant laughter.

Origin

After Abdera, in ancient Thrace (present day Bulgaria, Turkey, and Greece), the birth place of Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher.

It’s not certain why Democritus was nicknamed the Laughing Philosopher. It may be owing to his stress on the value of cheerfulness. It’s also said that he often appeared in public laughing while expressing his contempt of human follies. Paintings frequently show him laughing. The opposite of an abderian person is anagelast, someone who never laughs.

Why this word?

Fun alternative to use when describing someone’s laughter. Probably will not come up a lot in conversation, but would surely turn a few heads in confusion.

How to use abderian?

This is an adjective. Simply say “I had never noticed before how abderian Nicola is, she gives me a headache.”, or “Why is everyone in this room prone to express themselves in such an abderian way?  It smacks of  insincerity to me.

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Written by Kathryn Peters

I love words and writing on most subjects, but have a keen interest in relationship dynamics and psychology. I hale from Ireland.

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