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Definitions for ribaldry
ˈrɪb əl dri; spelling pron. ˈraɪ bəl-rib·ald·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ribaldrynoun

    ribald humor

  2. gaminess, raciness, ribaldry, spicinessnoun

    behavior or language bordering on indelicacy

Wiktionary

  1. ribaldrynoun

    Joking or humorous language done in a vulgar or lewd fashion.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ribaldrynoun

    Mean, lewd, brutal language.

    Etymology: from ribald; ribaudie, old Fr.

    Abraham Cowley asserts, that obscenity has no place in wit; Buckingham says, ’tis an ill sort of wit, which has nothing more to support it than bare-faced ribaldry. Dryden.

    The ribaldry of the low characters is different; the reeve, miller, and cook are distinguished from each other. Dryden.

    In the same antique loom these scenes were wrought,
    Embellish’d with good morals and just thought,
    True nature in her noblest light you see,
    E’er yet debauch’d by modern gallantry
    To trifling jests and fulsom ribaldry. George Granville.

    If the outward profession of religion were once in practice among men in office, the clergy would see their duty and interest in qualifying themselves for lay-conversation, when once they were out of fear of being choaked by ribaldry or prophaneness. Jonathan Swift.

Wikipedia

  1. Ribaldry

    Ribaldry or blue comedy is humorous entertainment that ranges from bordering on indelicacy to indecency. Blue comedy is also referred to as "bawdiness" or being "bawdy". Sex is presented in ribald material more for the purpose of poking fun at the foibles and weaknesses that manifest themselves in human sexuality, rather than to present sexual stimulation either overtly or artistically. Also, ribaldry may use sex as a metaphor to illustrate some non-sexual concern, in which case ribaldry borders satire. Like any humour, ribaldry may be read as conventional or subversive. Ribaldry typically depends on a shared background of sexual conventions and values, and its comedy generally depends on seeing those conventions broken. The ritual taboo-breaking that is a usual counterpart of ribaldry underlies its controversial nature and explains why ribaldry is sometimes a subject of censorship. Ribaldry, whose usual aim is not "merely" to be sexually stimulating, often does address larger concerns than mere sexual appetite. However, being presented in the form of comedy, these larger concerns may be overlooked by censors. Ribaldry differs from black comedy in that the latter deals with topics which would normally be considered painful or frightening, whereas ribaldry deals with topics that would only be considered offensive.

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  1. ribaldry

    Ribaldry refers to speech or behavior that is humorous in a vulgar or irreverent way, often dealing with sexual matters. It typically includes crude, offensive, and even bawdy jokes or comments.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ribaldrynoun

    the talk of a ribald; low, vulgar language; indecency; obscenity; lewdness; -- now chiefly applied to indecent language, but formerly, as by Chaucer, also to indecent acts or conduct

  2. Etymology: [OE. ribaldrie, ribaudrie, OF. ribalderie, ribauderie.]

Wikidata

  1. Ribaldry

    Ribaldry is humorous entertainment that ranges from bordering on indelicacy to gross indecency. It is also referred to as "bawdiness", "gaminess" or "bawdry". Sex is presented in ribald material more for the purpose of poking fun at the foibles and weaknesses that manifest themselves in human sexuality, rather than to present sexual stimulation either excitingly or artistically. Also, ribaldry may use sex as a metaphor to illustrate some non-sexual concern, in which case ribaldry may verge on the territory of satire. Like any humour, ribaldry may be read as conventional or subversive. Ribaldry typically depends on a shared background of sexual conventions and values, and its comedy generally depends on seeing those conventions broken. The ritual taboo-breaking that is a usual counterpart of ribaldry underlies its controversial nature and explains why ribaldry is sometimes a subject of censorship. Ribaldry, whose usual aim is not "merely" to be sexually stimulating, often does address larger concerns than mere sexual appetite. However, being presented in the form of comedy, these larger concerns may be overlooked by censors.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ribaldry in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ribaldry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8


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