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  1. gallows humor(Noun)

    Comedy that still manages to be funny in the face of, and in response to, a horrible, deathly, tragic, dramatic, perfectly hopeless situation.


  1. Gallows humor

    Gallows humor is humor in the face of or about very unpleasant, serious, or painful circumstances. Any humor that treats serious matters, such as death, war, disease, crime, etc., in a light, silly, or satirical fashion is considered gallows humor. Gallows humor has been described as a witticism in the face of – and in response to – a hopeless situation. It arises from stressful, traumatic, or life-threatening situations, often in circumstances such that death is perceived as impending and unavoidable. Gallows humor is typically made by or about the victim of such a situation, but not the perpetrator of it.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gallows humor in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gallows humor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Matt Damon:

    (Weir) really got this guy with this great sense of humor, really smart and really capable guy, but somebody who has that great kind of gallows humor that people who do this kind of work tend to have.

Images & Illustrations of gallows humor

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