Definition of comic relief in English:

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comic relief


1Comic episodes in a dramatic or literary work that offset more serious sections.
Example sentences
  • Intended for comic relief, the song and dance numbers come across as uninspired and robotic.
  • The creative rationale for this storyline is comic relief.
  • There are elements of classic comic relief throughout Barker's interlocking tales.
1.1A character or characters providing this.
Example sentences
  • Dallas Smith elevates his character way beyond comic relief.
  • On the other hand, he's good for a bit of wisdom or comic relief, so his character isn't a total waste.
  • Rather than have one character pop up in the story for the inevitable comic relief, every supporting character (with the exception of Lucy's father) fights for the honour.

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Syllabification: com·ic re·lief

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