laughable +‎ -ness


laughableness (uncountable)

  1. The state or quality of being laughable; ludicrousness.
    • 1889, Alfred Emerson, "On the Conception of Low Comedy in Aristophanes," The American Journal of Philology, vol. 10, no. 3, p. 276,
      We obtain a true perception of the laughableness of this sort of buffoonery.
    • 1989, Richard F. Moorton Jr., "Rites of Passage in Aristophanes' Frogs," The American Journal of Philology, vol. 84, no. 4, p. 317,
      They encounter Empousa, the comic monster, who reminds us in spite of her laughableness of the dangerousness of the other.
    • 2003, Perez Zagorin, "Looking for Pieter Bruegel," Journal of the History of Ideas, vol. 64, no. 1, p. 89,
      Two sayings from Seneca speak of the laughableness of man's ambitions on an earth scarred by the wars of so many nations.


  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.