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com·e·dy

 (kŏm′ĭ-dē)
n. pl. com·e·dies
1.
a. A dramatic work that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone and that usually contains a happy resolution of the thematic conflict.
b. The genre made up of such works.
2. A literary or cinematic work of a comic nature or that uses the themes or methods of comedy.
3. Popular entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance.
4. The art of composing or performing comedy.
5. A humorous element of life or literature: the human comedy of political campaigns.
6. A humorous occurrence.
Idiom:
comedy of errors
A ludicrous event or sequence of events: The candidate's campaign turned out to be a political comedy of errors.

[Middle English comedie, from Medieval Latin cōmēdia, from Latin cōmoedia, from Greek kōmōidia, from kōmōidos, comic actor : kōmos, revel + aoidos, singer (from aeidein, to sing; see wed- in Indo-European roots).]

comedy

(ˈkɒmɪdɪ)
n, pl -dies
1. (Theatre) a dramatic or other work of light and amusing character
2. (Theatre) the genre of drama represented by works of this type
3. (Theatre) (in classical literature) a play in which the main characters and motive triumph over adversity
4. the humorous aspect of life or of events
5. an amusing event or sequence of events
6. humour or comic style: the comedy of Chaplin.
[C14: from Old French comédie, from Latin cōmoedia, from Greek kōmōidia, from kōmos village festival + aeidein to sing]

com•e•dy

(ˈkɒm ɪ di)

n., pl. -dies.
1. a play, movie, etc., of light and humorous character with a cheerful ending.
2. the branch of drama concerned with this form of composition.
3. the comic element of drama, of literature generally, or of life.
4. any comic or humorous incident or series of incidents.
[1350–1400; Middle English comedye < Medieval Latin cōmēdia, Latin cōmoedia < Greek kōmōidía <kōmōid(ós) comedian (kômo(s) merrymaking + aoidós singer)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.comedy - light and humorous drama with a happy endingcomedy - light and humorous drama with a happy ending
drama - the literary genre of works intended for the theater
black comedy - comedy that uses black humor
commedia dell'arte - Italian comedy of the 16th to 18th centuries improvised from standardized situations and stock characters
dark comedy - a comedy characterized by grim or satiric humor; a comedy having gloomy or disturbing elements
farce, farce comedy, travesty - a comedy characterized by broad satire and improbable situations
high comedy - a sophisticated comedy; often satirizing genteel society
low comedy - a comedy characterized by slapstick and burlesque
melodrama - an extravagant comedy in which action is more salient than characterization
seriocomedy, tragicomedy - a comedy with serious elements or overtones
sitcom, situation comedy - a humorous drama based on situations that might arise in day-to-day life
slapstick - a boisterous comedy with chases and collisions and practical jokes
tragedy - drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance; excites terror or pity
2.comedy - a comic incident or series of incidents
fun, sport, play - verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); "he became a figure of fun"; "he said it in sport"

comedy

noun
1. light entertainment, sitcom (informal) Channel Four's comedy, 'Father Ted'
light entertainment opera, tragedy, soap opera, melodrama, high drama, serious play
2. humour, fun, joking, farce, jesting, slapstick, wisecracking, hilarity, witticisms, facetiousness, chaffing He and I provided the comedy with songs and monologues.
humour sadness, seriousness, melancholy, solemnity
Quotations
"Comedy is an imitation of the common errors of our life" [Sir Philip Sidney The Defence of Poetry]
"The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel" [Horace Walpole Letters]
"All tragedies are finish'd by a death,"
"All comedies are ended by a marriage" [Lord Byron Don Juan]

comedy

noun
Translations
كوميدياكوميديا، مَلْهاهمَرَح، فُكاهَه
komediekomičnost
komediekomik
komedia
komedija
vígjáték
gamanleikurgamansemi, skoplegt atvik
コメディー
코미디
komedijakomikaskomiškumas
komēdijakomisms
komédia
komedija
komedi
ละครตลก
komedikomiklik
hài kịch

comedy

[ˈkɒmɪdɪ]
A. N (gen) → comedia f; (= humour of situation) → comicidad f
comedy of mannerscomedia f de costumbres
B. CPD comedy show N (TV) → programa m de humor

comedy

[ˈkɒmədi]
n
(= type of entertainment) → comédie f
(= play, film) → comédie f
modif [drama, series, romance, western] → comiquecomedy club n club où des comiques se produisentcomedy show ncomédie f

comedy

n
(Theat) → Komödie f, → Lustspiel nt; comedy programmeUnterhaltungsprogramm nt; comedy writerLustspielautor(in) m(f)or (classical) → -dichter(in) m(f); “Comedy of Errors”Komödie der Irrungen; the entire deal was just a comedy of errors (fig)bei dem Geschäft ging aber auch alles daneben; low comedyKlamauk m; high comedyechte or gekonnte Komödie; to act in comedyKomödiendarsteller(in) m(f)sein
(fig)Komödie f, → Theater nt (inf)

comedy

[ˈkɒmɪdɪ] n (gen) → commedia brillante; (humour) → lato comico

comedy

(ˈkomədi) plural ˈcomedies noun
1. a play of a pleasant or amusing kind. We went to see a comedy last night.
2. humour. They all saw the comedy of the situation.
comedian (kəˈmiːdiən) feminine comedienne (kəmiːdiˈen, (American) kəˈmi:diən) noun
a performer who tells jokes or acts in comedies.

comedy

كوميديا komedie komedie Komödie κωμωδία comedia, humorismo komedia comédie komedija commedia コメディー 코미디 komedie komedie komedia comédia комедия komedi ละครตลก komedi hài kịch 喜剧
References in classic literature ?
When I stole into the parlour, Anson Kirkpatrick, Marshall Field's man, was at the piano, playing airs from a musical comedy then running in Chicago.
She laughed at the comedy and wept--she and the gaudy woman next to her wept over the tragedy.
It would be well if all our lives were a divine tragedy even, instead of this trivial comedy or farce.
How strangely are comedy and tragedy blended in this life
So the duke said these Arkansaw lunkheads couldn't come up to Shakespeare; what they wanted was low comedy -- and maybe something ruther worse than low comedy, he reckoned.
The two characters which opened the comedy of The Rivals, "Fag" and "The Coachman," appeared on the scene -- looked many sizes too tall for their canvas background, which represented a "Street in Bath" -- exhibited the customary inability to manage their own arms, legs, and voices -- went out severally at the wrong exits -- and expressed their perfect approval of results, so far, by laughing heartily behind the scenes.
Monseigneur had been out at a little supper last night, where the Comedy and the Grand Opera were charmingly represented.
It may often happen on the stage, that an actor, by possessing in a preeminent degree the external qualities necessary to give effect to comedy, may be deprived of the right to aspire to tragic excellence; and in painting or literary composition, an artist or poet may be master exclusively of modes of thought, and powers of expression, which confine him to a single course of subjects.
And she, on the other side, is playing exactly the same comedy.
If they were allowed their own way, every comedy would have a tragic ending, and every tragedy would culminate in a farce.
Finally let me repeat to thee some verses that come to my mind; I heard them in a modern comedy, and it seems to me they bear upon the point we are discussing.
Such is the nature of the accusation: it is just what you have yourselves seen in the comedy of Aristophanes (Aristoph.