\(ˈ)ab|dirēən\ adjective
Usage: usually capitalized
Etymology: Abdera, city of ancient Thrace (from Greek Abdēra) + English -ian
1. : of or belonging to Abdera or to its inhabitants
2. : foolish

abderian laughter

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Abderian /ab-dēˈri-ən/
Of Abdera, a town in Thrace, notorious for the stupidity of its inhabitants and birthplace of Democritus, ‘the laughing philosopher’ (also noun)
Abderite /abˈdər-īt/ noun
1. A native or citizen of Abdera
2. A simpleton

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  • Abderian — Ab*de ri*an, a. [From Abdera, a town in Thrace, of which place Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher, was a native.] Given to laughter; inclined to foolish or incessant merriment. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abderian laughter — from Abdera, in Thrace, whose citizens were proverbial as rustic simpletons who would laugh at anything or anyone they didn t understand (making their town the Hellenic equivalent of GOTHAM (Cf. Gotham)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • abderian — adjective Given to laughter; inclined to foolish or incessant merriment …   Wiktionary

  • abderian — ab·de·ri·an …   English syllables

  • abderian — given to incessant or idiotic laughter …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • abderite — ˈabdəˌrīt noun ( s) Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Latin Abderita, Abderites, from Greek Abdēritēs, from Abdēra, whose inhabitants were reputedly stupid + Greek itēs ite 1. : a native or inhabitant of Abdera 2. : simpleton …   Useful english dictionary

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