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Synonyms for CLOWNISH

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  1. Yet, especially in the original text of these scenes as they stand unpurified by the ultimate revision of Shakespeare, there are tones and touches which recall rather the clownish horseplay and homely ribaldry of his predecessors than anything in the lighter interludes of his very earliest plays. - "The Age of Shakespeare" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
  2. True, we should have to eliminate the jokes, mere interpolations by the clown into his main theme, and keep in mind only the theme itself, that is to say, the divers attitudes, capers and movements which form the strictly " clownish" element in the clown's art. - "Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic" by Henri Bergson