black humor


Definition of black humor

: humor marked by the use of usually morbid, ironic, grotesquely comic episodes

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Other Words from black humor

black-humored \ ¦⸗¦⸗⸗ \ adjective
black humorist noun

First Known Use of black humor

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for black humor

translation of French humour noir

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“Black humor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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