black comedy

UK / US noun [countable/uncountable]
Word forms "black comedy":
singular black comedy plural black comedies literature
a play, film, or story that deals in a humorous way with unpleasant aspects of life such as illness and death

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  • Black Comedy — is a one act play by British dramatist Peter Shaffer, first performed in 1965. The play is, suitably enough, a black comedy in which the effect loss of light would have on a group of people who all hold things from each other is explored; as such …   Wikipedia

  • Black comedy — Black com e*dy (bl[a^]k k[o^]m [e^]d*[y^]), n. (Drama) a comedy that treats of morbid, tragic, gloomy, or grotesque situations as a major element of the plot. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • black comedy — first recorded 1961, from BLACK (Cf. black) (adj.) in a figurative sense of morbid; Cf. Fr. pièce noire. In a racial sense, from 1921 …   Etymology dictionary

  • black comedy — n [U and C] a play, story etc that is funny, but also shows the unpleasant side of human life …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • black comedy — noun count or uncount a play, movie, or story that deals in a humorous way with unpleasant aspects of life such as illness and death …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Black comedy — This article is about the genre. For situation comedies featuring a predominantly African American cast, see Black sitcom. For the play by Peter Shaffer, see Black Comedy (Play). Black Humor redirects here. For the Spanish film, see Black Humor… …   Wikipedia

  • black comedy — noun comedy that uses black humor • Hypernyms: ↑comedy * * * noun Etymology: translation of French comédie noire : comedy that employs black humor ; also : a situation or a series of events that resembles black comedy his odyssey from illness to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • black comedy — black co·me·dy loc.s.f.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} genere teatrale o cinematografico caratterizzato da elementi macabri e dalla rappresentazione cruda di delitti, omicidi e sim. con intento comico e satirico {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: sec. XX.… …   Dizionario italiano

  • black comedy — comedy that employs morbid, gloomy, grotesque, or calamitous situations in its plot. [1965 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • black comedy — /blæk ˈkɒmədi/ (say blak komuhdee) noun a comedy expressing an underlying pessimism or bitterness, or one dealing with a tragic or gruesome subject …   Australian English dictionary

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