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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Although the story is serious, it also includes plenty of gallows humor, particularly when it comes to Bryan's encounters with his "ghosts." Eventually Bryan teams up with Ayah, a cheeky assassin who's into comic books, and who has stealth weaponry in place of her missing left hand.
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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Populated with original characters and creatures, the text is a quirky composite of tongue-in-cheek and gallows humor. No word is wasted and the pace is breathless.
A key to the trickster element of the tale smiles out from the rattlesnake's laughing fanged expression: Comic relief and gallows humor combine effortlessly.
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"Gallows humor" is a staple in the professions which have to deal with grief and suffering, from medicine to law (and law enforcement), to personal defense.
His works such as Cat's Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) and Breakfast of Champions (1973) blend satire, gallows humor and science fiction.
Watson leads off with an example of medical gallows humor and concludes by applying her list of considerations to it, yet the conclusion she reaches has a tentative feel: we are on "thin ice," she allows.
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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