high comedy


Definition of high comedy

: comedy employing subtle characterizations and witty dialogue — compare low comedy

Examples of high comedy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In keeping with the high comedy of this whole business Trump had been assigned a pseudonym for the purpose: Trump is David Dennison and Daniels is Peggy Peterson. Elizabeth Drew, The New Republic, "Donald Trump Is a Walking Maelstrom," 8 Mar. 2018 And of course there’s the high comedy of a film critic — someone paid to watch screens — griping about not having enough time in the real world. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "A day free of screens (sort of)," 8 Mar. 2018 The zone where normalcy collides with extremity — where high comedy and psychological terror keep company — is her sweet spot. A.o. Scott & Wesley Morris, New York Times, "The 10 Best Actors of the Year," 7 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of high comedy

1707, in the meaning defined above

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“High comedy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20comedy. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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