gallows humor


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gallows humor

n.
Humorous treatment of a grave or dire situation.

gal′lows hu`mor


n.
humor that treats serious, frightening, or painful subject matter in a light or satirical way.
[1900–05]
Translations
akasztófahumor
galgenhumor
galghumor
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It's called gallows humor, and it may not be a bad thing - as the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine.
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Such observations are clear and unsentimental, with a gallows humor that is raw and honest.
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His works such as Cat's Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) and Breakfast of Champions (1973) blend satire, gallows humor and science fiction.
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Once inside, get ready for a little gallows humor and a chance to have your picture taken standing behind the bars of one of the old jail cells.
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