cachinnation

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From cachinnate +‎ -ion

Noun[edit]

cachinnation (plural cachinnations)

  1. Convulsive, loud laughter.
    • 1920, Peter B. Kyne, chapter V, in The Understanding Heart:
      His shrill, mirthless cachinnation followed Monica as she headed up-hill.
    • 1928, H. P. Lovecraft, The Dunwich Horror:
      After midnight their shrill notes burst into a kind of pandemoniac cachinnation which filled all the countryside, and not until dawn did they finally quiet down.

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