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comedy of manners

n. pl. comedies of manners
A comedy satirizing the attitudes and behavior of a particular social group, often of fashionable society.
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comedy of manners

n
1. (Theatre) a comedy dealing with the way of life and foibles of a social group
2. (Theatre) the genre represented by works of this type
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com′edy of man′ners


n.
a comedy satirizing the manners and customs of a social class.
[1815–25]
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