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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Hu’mour.
 
As good humour, ill or bad 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).   1
 


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