se·​rio·​com·​ic | \ ˌsir-ē-ō-ˈkä-mik How to pronounce seriocomic (audio) \

Definition of seriocomic

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

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Other Words from seriocomic

seriocomically \ ˌsir-​ē-​ō-​ˈkä-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce seriocomically (audio) \ 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.)

Examples of seriocomic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For Flora, this plays out in a series of seriocomic incidents involving love, politics, and parenting. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, "Nell Zink's ambitious new novel 'Doxology' tackles 21st-century themes," 27 Aug. 2019 Tragedy strikes on Oscar night, splitting the emotions of Best Supporting Actor nominee Michael Stratford (Brian Hutchison) in the world premiere of playwright Paul Rudnick’s seriocomic ensemble piece, Big Night. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Big Night': Theater Review," 18 Sep. 2017 Blair had tried to get financing for the seriocomic thriller for about a year, but was unable to coax famous-enough actors to satisfy studios and investors. Ann Hornaday, The Denver Post, "Fewer indie films are opening in theaters, and filmmakers are fine with that," 25 Apr. 2017 Lighting and sound (designed by Jon Olson and Jason Ducat respectively) signal shifts from bitter to rueful, from seriocomic to sorrowful. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "Review: Exquisite corpses tell all in “The Drowning Girls” at Arvada Center," 14 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of seriocomic

1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for seriocomic

serious + -o- + comic

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“Seriocomic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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