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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Distinct from wit, and defined as "a warm, tender, fellow-feeling with all that exists," as "the sport of sensibility and, as it were, the playful, teasing fondness of a mother for a child" ... as "a sort of inverse sublimity exalting into our affections what is below us,... warm and all-embracing as the sun."
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Humour'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/h/humour.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.