Word of the Day: Risible


According to Merriam-Webster, risible means:

  • Deserving to be laughed at; very silly or unreasonable

Christoper Hitchens wrote:

I can never quite decide whether the anti- Columbus movement is merely risible or faintly sinister….It is sinister, though, because it is an ignorant celebration of stasis and backwardness, with an unpleasant tinge of self-hatred.

I might use the word risible in a sentence like this:

His risible and painfully awkward attempt at picking up a woman at the bar ended in abject failure.


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