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]

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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 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)) …   Etymology dictionary

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

  • abderian — ab·de·ri·an …   English syllables

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

  • abderite — ˈabdəˌrīt noun ( s) Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Latin Abderita, Abderites, from Greek Abdēritēs, from Abdēra, whose inhabitants were reputedly stupid + Greek itēs ite 1. : a native or inhabitant of Abdera 2. : simpleton …   Useful english dictionary

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