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 for Humor.
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Humor \Hu"mor\, n. [OE. humour, OF. humor, umor, F. humeur, L.
     humor, umor, moisture, fluid, fr. humere, umere, to be moist.
     See Humid.] [Written also humour.]
     1. Moisture, especially, the moisture or fluid of animal
        bodies, as the chyle, lymph, etc.; as, the humors of the
        eye, etc.
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     Note: The ancient physicians believed that there were four
           humors (the blood, phlegm, yellow bile or choler, and
           black bile or melancholy), on the relative proportion
           of which the temperament and health depended.
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     2. (Med.) A vitiated or morbid animal fluid, such as often
        causes an eruption on the skin. "A body full of humors."
        --Sir W. Temple.
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     3. State of mind, whether habitual or temporary (as formerly
        supposed to depend on the character or combination of the
        fluids of the body); disposition; temper; mood; as, good
        humor; ill humor.
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              Examine how your humor is inclined,
              And which the ruling passion of your mind.
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              A prince of a pleasant humor.         --Bacon.
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              I like not the humor of lying.        --Shak.
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     4. pl. Changing and uncertain states of mind; caprices;
        freaks; vagaries; whims.
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              Is my friend all perfection, all virtue and
              discretion? Has he not humors to be endured?
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     5. That quality of the imagination which gives to ideas an
        incongruous or fantastic turn, and tends to excite
        laughter or mirth by ludicrous images or representations;
        a playful fancy; facetiousness.
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              For thy sake I admit
              That a Scot may have humor, I'd almost said wit.
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              A great deal of excellent humor was expended on the
              perplexities of mine host.            --W. Irving.
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     Aqueous humor, Crystalline humor or Crystalline lens,
     Vitreous humor. (Anat.) See Eye.
     Out of humor, dissatisfied; displeased; in an unpleasant
        frame of mind.
     Syn: Wit; satire; pleasantry; temper; disposition; mood;
          frame; whim; fancy; caprice. See Wit.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Humor \Hu"mor\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Humored; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To comply with the humor of; to adjust matters so as suit
        the peculiarities, caprices, or exigencies of; to adapt
        one's self to; to indulge by skillful adaptation; as, to
        humor the mind.
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              It is my part to invent, and the musician's to humor
              that invention.                       --Dryden.
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     2. To help on by indulgence or compliant treatment; to
        soothe; to gratify; to please.
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              You humor me when I am sick.          --Pope.
     Syn: To gratify; to indulge. See Gratify.
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From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  288 Moby Thesaurus words for "humor":
     Atticism, Rh factor, Rh-negative, Rh-positive, Rh-type,
     Rhesus factor, agile wit, ambiversion, antibody, antigen, appease,
     arterial blood, baby, banter, bay, bee, black humor, blood,
     blood bank, blood cell, blood count, blood donor,
     blood donor center, blood group, blood grouping, blood picture,
     blood platelet, blood pressure, blood serum, blood substitute,
     bloodmobile, bloodstream, body-build, bogginess, boutade,
     brainstorm, brand, burlesque, capriccio, caprice, caricature, cast,
     cater to, chaffing, character, characteristic, characteristics,
     chitchat, chyle, circulation, clinical dextran, cocker, coddle,
     colostrum, comedy, comicality, comicalness, complexion,
     composition, conceit, constituents, constitution, cosset, cotton,
     crank, crasis, craze, crazy idea, crotchet, cue,
     cycloid personality, cyclothymia, damp, dampness, dewiness,
     dextran, dharma, diathesis, discharge, disposition, drollery,
     drollness, dry wit, ectomorphism, ectomorphy, endomorphism,
     endomorphy, erythrocyte, esprit, ethos, extroversion,
     extrovertedness, exudation, facetiousness, fad, fancy,
     fantastic notion, fantasy, farce, favor, fiber, flimflam,
     flippancy, fogginess, fool notion, frame, frame of mind, freak,
     freakish inspiration, funniness, gags, genius, give way to, gleet,
     globulin, gore, grain, gratify, grume, habit, harebrained idea,
     heart, hematics, hematologist, hematology, hematoscope,
     hematoscopy, hemocyte, hemoglobin, hemometer, hue, humectation,
     humorousness, humors, ichor, ilk, individualism, individuality,
     indulge, ingoingness, introversion, introvertedness, irony,
     isoantibody, jesting, jocoseness, jocularity, jocundity, jokes,
     joking, jolly, kidding, kind, kink, lachryma, lactation, lampoon,
     leukocyte, leukorrhea, levity, lifeblood, lightness, ludicrousness,
     lymph, maggot, makeup, marshiness, matter, megrim, mesomorphism,
     mesomorphy, milk, mind, mistiness, moistiness, moistness, moisture,
     mold, mollify, mollycoddle, mood, morale, mucor, mucus, nature,
     neutrophil, nimble wit, note, notion, oblige, opsonin,
     other-directedness, outgoingness, pamper, parody, passing fancy,
     peccant humor, personality, personality tendency, phagocyte,
     phlegm, physique, placate, plasma, plasma substitute, pleasantry,
     please, pretty wit, property, purulence, pus, quality, quick wit,
     quirk, raillery, rainfall, raininess, ready wit, red corpuscle,
     repartee, rheum, saliva, salt, sanies, sarcasm, satire, satisfy,
     savor of wit, schizoid personality, schizothymia, serous fluid,
     serum, showeriness, slapstick, slapstick humor, snot, soddenness,
     sogginess, somatotype, soothe, soppiness, sort, spirit, spirits,
     spoil, squib, stamp, state of mind, strain, streak, stripe,
     subtle wit, suchness, suppuration, swampiness, sweat, syntony,
     system, tear, teardrop, temper, temperament, tendency, tenor,
     the whites, tone, toy, travesty, type, type O, urine, vagary, vein,
     venous blood, visual humor, waggishness, wateriness, way, wet,
     wetness, wettishness, whim, whim-wham, whimsy, white corpuscle,
     wit, wittiness, yield to

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