comedy of manners

noun phrase

: comedy that satirically portrays the manners and fashions of a particular class or set

Examples of comedy of manners in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here, all of the horror tropes are reconstituted as a comedy of manners. Amanda Hess, New York Times, 29 Feb. 2024 Reid employs her signature sharp eye and sardonic wit to spear academia in Come and Get It, a biting comedy of manners. Ew Staff Published,, 20 Dec. 2023 In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life 11. Josie Howell |, al, 9 Aug. 2023 Yet something is lost when a slow comedy of manners with no real storyline turns into a melodrama. Jasmine Liu, The New Republic, 4 Aug. 2023 The comedy of manners turns dangerous when their surroundings begin to burn. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 8 June 2023 The comedy of manners takes place on the gay enclave in Long Island, where Booster and co-stars (including Bowen Yang and Margaret Cho) spend a summer week partying, looking for love and celebrating their community. Hilton Dresden, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 June 2023 What results is a comedy of manners featuring betrayal, scandal, secrets, and a healthy (or unhealthy) dose of competition., 4 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of comedy of manners was in 1822

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“Comedy of manners.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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