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comic relief

n.
A humorous or farcical interlude in a serious literary work or drama, especially a tragedy, intended to relieve the dramatic tension or heighten the emotional impact by means of contrast.
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com′ic relief′


n.
1. an amusing scene or incident in a serious or tragic setting, as in a play, providing temporary relief from tension or dramatic action.
2. relief from tension caused by the introduction of a comic element.
[1815–25]
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Translations

comic relief

nparentesi f comica
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