black humor


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

Word History


translation of French humour noir

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of black humor was in 1916

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“Black humor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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