cachinnation (n.) "loud laughter," 1620s, from L. cachinnationem (nom. cachinatio), noun of action from pp. stem of cachinnare "to laugh immoderately or loudly," of imitative origin. Cf. Skt. kakhati "laughs," Gk. kakhazein "to laugh loudly," O.H.G. kachazzen, English cackle, Arm. xaxanc'.

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  • Cachinnation — Cach in*na tion (k[a^]k [i^]n*n[=a] sh[u^]n), n. [L. cachinnatio, fr. cachinnare to laugh aloud, cf. Gr. kacha zein.] Loud or immoderate laughter; often a symptom of hysterical or maniacal affections. [1913 Webster] Hideous grimaces . . .… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cachinnatiōn — (v. lat.), helles Gelächter; daher Cachinniren, hell auflachen. Cachinnus convulsīvus, der Lachkrampf …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Cachinnation — Cachinnation, lautes Gelächter; cachinnus convulsivus, Lachkrampf …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • cachinnation — [kaʃinɑsjɔ̃] n. f. ÉTYM. 1969; du lat. cachinnare « rire aux éclats ». ❖ ♦ Psychiatrie. Rire forcé, ne traduisant aucun sentiment, propre aux schizophrènes …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • cachinnation — noun Convulsive, loud laughter. 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. See Also: cachinnator …   Wiktionary

  • cachinnation — noun see cachinnate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cachinnation — See cachinnate. * * * …   Universalium

  • cachinnation — Laughter without apparent cause, often observed in schizophrenia. [L. cachinno, to laugh immoderately and loudly] * * * cach·in·na·tion (kak″ĭ naґshən) [L. cachinnare to laugh aloud] immoderate, loud, and inappropriate laughter;… …   Medical dictionary

  • cachinnation — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun An act of laughing: cackle, guffaw, laugh, laughter. Informal: heehaw. See LAUGHTER, SOUNDS …   English dictionary for students

  • cachinnation — n. wild laughter, loud uncontrolled laughter …   English contemporary dictionary

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