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com·​ic-op·​era ˈkä-mik-ˈä-p(ə-)rə How to pronounce comic-opera (audio)
: not to be taken seriously
a comic-opera regime

comic opera

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: opera of a humorous character with a happy ending and usually some spoken dialogue

Examples of comic-opera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Rather, inflation had arisen from supply chain foul-ups caused by the Covid epidemic, an act of God rendered worse by comic-opera mismanagement under President Donald Trump. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 30 June 2023
The one-act comic opera about small-town life in 1960s Central Mexico blends stories of faith, family, mystery and migration. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Dec. 2023 And because New York doesn’t have a comic opera company, MasterVoices fills a crucial, consistently entertaining niche. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023 How piracy went from menacing seaborne threat to charming comic opera over the course of the 19th century should give policymakers some clue about how to prevent attacks by cyber pirates, like the ransomware attack that crippled the Colonial Pipeline this week. Noah Feldman Bloomberg Opinion, Star Tribune, 14 May 2021 That idea was inspired by the Rossini comic opera warhorse, in which Liverman found himself once again singing the role of the wily barber, Figaro. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 8 Feb. 2023 Together, MasterVoices and St. Luke’s could form the backbone of America’s first true comic opera company. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, 23 Dec. 2022 And though Richard often sounds in this effervescently ADHD suite as if he’s lost and frantically flipping through maps of memory lane, his assemblage of mini-movements snatched from the 1910 comic opera can make narrative sense in the right hands. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2022 After all, the time is right for audiences to see a comic opera, to leave the problems of the world outside of the theater door. Michelle F. Solomon, Sun Sentinel, 2 Feb. 2023 It’s time for this country to create a comic opera company of its own. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, 23 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use


1891, in the meaning defined above


1706, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of comic-opera was in 1706

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“Comic-opera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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