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Word: ribald

Definition: marked by vulgar lewd humor; wanton; profane; N. ribaldry: ribald language or joke


Sentences Containing 'ribald'

'My love,' said Mr. Micawber, much affected, 'you will forgive, and our old and tried friend Copperfield will, I am sure, forgive, the momentary laceration of a wounded spirit, made sensitive by a recent collision with the Minion of Power--in other words, with a ribald Turncock attached to the water-works--and will pity, not condemn, its excesses.'
Derived from elements of Victorian burlesque, music hall and minstrel shows, burlesque shows in America became popular in the 1860s and evolved to feature ribald comedy (lewd jokes) and female striptease.
He that possesses her must keep her within bounds, not permitting her to break out in ribald satires or soulless sonnets.
Possibly due to historical social tensions between the upper classes and lower classes of society, much of the humor and entertainment of later American burlesque focused on lowbrow and ribald subjects.
The shows had slowly changed from ensemble ribald variety performances, to simple performances focusing mostly on the striptease.
These balls were covered by the press, which did little to dim the enthusiasm or ribald behavior of the participants.
While Govinda attempts to step beyond the ribald street entertainer with his portrayal of the suave English-speaking guide, Aishwarya tries to prove that she can hold her own in front of the master of comedy.

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