seriocomic

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adjective se·rio·com·ic \ ˌsir-ē-ō-ˈkä-mik \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of seriocomic

:having a mixture of the serious and the comic
  • a seriocomic novel

seriocomically

play \ˌsir-ē-ō-ˈkä-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Seriocomic may have a modern ring to it, but our earliest evidence of the word in print is from 1783. Another "comic" word-heroicomic, meaning "comic by being ludicrously noble, bold, or elevated"-is slightly older; evidence of it dates to 1756. Both words are about a century younger than our third "comic" word, "tragicomic" ("manifesting both tragic and comic aspects"), which print evidence dates to 1683. (Evidence of the variant "tragicomical," however, dates all the way back to 1567.)

Origin and Etymology of seriocomic

serious + -o- + comic


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