Humour

As good humour, ill or had humour, etc. According to an ancient theory, there are four principal humours in the body: phlegm, blood, choler, and black bile. As any one of these predominates it determines the temper of the mind and body; hence the expressions sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic, and melancholic humours. A just balance made a good compound called “good humour;” a preponderance of any one of the four made a bad compound called an ill or evil humour. (See Ben Jonson. Every Man Out of His Humour (Prologue).)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

More on Humour from Fact Monster:

  • Thomas Shadwell - Shadwell, Thomas Shadwell, Thomas, 1642?–1692, English dramatist and poet. His plays, written ...
  • humor - humor humor, according to ancient theory, any of four bodily fluids that determined human health ...
  • Ben Jonson - Jonson, Ben Jonson, Ben, 1572–1637, English dramatist and poet, b. Westminster, London. The ...
  • Raël - Biography of Raël, Founder of the Raëlian Movement
  • SIGHT - Whenever we are awake, our eyes work constantly to collect information about the world. As this data is analysed by the brain, we are supplied with a

Related Content