clown

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Synonyms for clown

play the fool

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Synonyms for clown

a person whose words or actions provoke or are intended to provoke amusement or laughter

to make jokes; behave playfully

Synonyms for clown

a rude or vulgar fool

a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior

act as or like a clown

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He, too, sang well, but didn't bring out the character's combination of clownishness and inner strength too well, centering moreon the former.
This suggests that there was more to Zhirinovsky than clownishness and contradictions or populist "promises of high wages, cheap vodka, and the restoration of empire" (Janack, "Vladimir" 16).
And Rob Schneider's cameo as a Japanese wedding chapel minister sets racial relations back at least 36 years, to when Mickey Rooney's clownishness in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" went way too over the top.
Even more harshly--although eloquently--Laurence Enjolras insists, "we do not confront human beings; we encounter monsters who assail us either with their defects, with their impairments, or with their clownishness, caught as they are--fierce, violent, pathetic creatures--in the gruesome show of the puppet life through which they totter" (7).
Some of us will instinctively highlight the clownishness of human events, while others will feel obliged to remind readers of the gravity of the situation.
18) Coover makes much of the bound nature of Nixon's clownishness when he analyses clowns: they are predictable, and 'what pathos there is in a sad clown's act has to do with his inability to stop being a clown, no matter how much he tries'.
The child, when quintessentially childlike, was pre-social and pre-linguistic (and there is no difference in the poems above between the little girl and the little boy); the child resembled Wordsworth's peasants before external conditions desolated them or age turned their simplicity into clownishness.
There are some parts of the clownishness I could leave out, some of the minstrel scenes.