Abderian laughter
Abderian laughter from Abdera, in Thrace, whose citizens were proverbial as rustic simpletons who would laugh at anything or anyone they didn't understand (making their town the Hellenic equivalent of GOTHAM (Cf. Gotham)).

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  • abderian — (ˈ)ab|dirēən adjective Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Abdera, city of ancient Thrace (from Greek Abdēra) + English ian 1. : of or belonging to Abdera or to its inhabitants 2. : foolish …   Useful english dictionary

  • Abderian — Ab*de ri*an, a. [From Abdera, a town in Thrace, of which place Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher, was a native.] Given to laughter; inclined to foolish or incessant merriment. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abderian — adjective Given to laughter; inclined to foolish or incessant merriment …   Wiktionary

  • abderian — given to incessant or idiotic laughter …   Grandiloquent dictionary

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