Definition of Comedy

1. Noun. Light and humorous drama with a happy ending.




2. Noun. A comic incident or series of incidents.
Exact synonyms: Clowning, Drollery, Funniness
Generic synonyms: Fun, Play, Sport
Derivative terms: Clown, Comic, Comical, Funny

Definition of Comedy

1. n. A dramatic composition, or representation of a bright and amusing character, based upon the foibles of individuals, the manners of society, or the ludicrous events or accidents of life; a play in which mirth predominates and the termination of the plot is happy; -- opposed to tragedy.

Definition of Comedy

1. Noun. ''archaic Greece.'' a choric song of celebration or revel ¹

2. Noun. ''ancient Greece.'' a light, amusing play with a happy ending ¹

3. Noun. ''medieval Europe.'' a narrative poem with an agreeable ending (e.g., ''The Divine Comedy'') ¹

4. Noun. (drama) A dramatic work that is light and humorous or satirical in tone ¹

5. Noun. (drama) The genre of such works ¹

6. Noun. entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance ¹

7. Noun. the art of composing comedy ¹

8. Noun. a humorous event ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Comedy

1. a humorous play, movie, or other work [n -DIES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Comedy

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comedo
comedocarcinoma
comedogen
comedogenic
comedogenically
comedogenics
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comedolytics
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comedones
comedos
comedown
comedowns
comedy (current term)
comedy ballet
comedy of manners
comelier
comeliest
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comelyness
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Literary usage of Comedy

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. European Theories of the Drama: An Anthology of Dramatic Theory and by Barrett Harper Clark (1918)
"comedy, indeed, comprises action and speech, since it is verse based upon a ... It is uncertain which of the Greeks first invented comedy; of the Latins ..."

2. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1894)
"The Way to get Married,' 8vo, 1796, a comedy in five acts, with serious situations, was produced at Covent Garden 23 Jan. 179<>. art ed forty-one times, ..."

3. European Theories of the Drama: An Anthology of Dramatic Theory and by Barrett Harper Clark (1918)
"Cicero says that comedy is "a copy of life, a mirror of custom, a reflection ... comedy, indeed, comprises action and speech, since it is verse based upon a ..."

4. Literary Criticism from the Elizabethan Dramatists by John Tucker Murray, David Klein, Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin, William Winter, Rosamond Gilder, Felix Emmanuel Schelling, William Dean Howells, Mary Findlater, Jane Helen Findlater, Allan McAulay, William Randolph Hearst (1908)
"The later comedy of manners, when at its best, combines the freedom and unconsciousness of Middleton with the constructive ..."

5. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1908)
"Its debt to French comedy, especially to Molière, and through French comedy to Plautus and Terence, there is no disguising and no need to disguise ..."

6. Elizabethan Drama, 1558-1642: A History of the Drama in England from the by Felix Emmanuel Schelling (1908)
"Such was, in brief, the striking contrast between Middle- tonian and Jonsonian comedy, a contrast not to be blurred by the fact that Jonson was, ..."

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