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(kŏm′ĭk-ŏp′ər-ə, -ŏp′rə)
Not to be taken seriously: comic-opera politics; a comic-opera style of uniform.
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com′ic op′era

opera with spoken dialogue, comical scenes or characters, and a happy ending.


farcically inept or inane.
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Tenor Lawrence Wiliford, featured on one track, continues to show his versatility--from comic-opera clown to serious recitalist.
But GOP Senate primary victor Katherine Harris, whose campaign against Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson had long ago devolved into a comic-opera fiasco, never received one--and not because it had slipped into her spam filter.
At the same time, the Pathet Lao, a communist-controlled insurgency supported by the North Vietnamese, was attempting to overthrow the country's comic-opera oligarchy.