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1 a person (as a writer) noted for or specializing in humor
  • a well-known TV comic

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2 a series of drawings that tell a story or part of a story
  • posted an especially funny comic by the watercooler

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3 the amusing quality or element in something
  • a celebrated humorist who, without fail, could find the comic in even the most mundane of situations

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Synonyms & Antonyms of comic (Entry 2 of 2)

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How does the adjective comic differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of comic are comical, laughable, ludicrous, and ridiculous. While all these words mean "provoking laughter or mirth," comic applies especially to what arouses thoughtful amusement.

a comic character

When can comical be used instead of comic?

The words comical and comic can be used in similar contexts, but comical applies to what arouses spontaneous hilarity.

a comical hat

When is it sensible to use laughable instead of comic?

In some situations, the words laughable and comic are roughly equivalent. However, laughable applies to anything occasioning laughter.

laughable attempts at skating

When could ludicrous be used to replace comic?

Although the words ludicrous and comic have much in common, ludicrous suggests absurdity that excites both laughter and scorn.

a thriller with a ludicrous plot

When might ridiculous be a better fit than comic?

While in some cases nearly identical to comic, ridiculous suggests extreme absurdity, foolishness, or contemptibility.

a ridiculous display of anger

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The first known use of comic was in 1567

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“Comic.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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