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Restoration comedy

Line breaks: Res¦tor|ation com¦edy
Pronunciation: /rɛstəreɪʃnˈkɒmədi
 
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Definition of Restoration comedy in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A style of drama which flourished in London after the Restoration in 1660, typically having a complicated plot marked by wit, cynicism, and licentiousness. Principal exponents include William Congreve, William Wycherley, George Farquhar, and Sir John Vanbrugh.
Example sentences
  • His influence on English Restoration comedy exceeded that of Jonson: dramatists like D' Avenant, Dryden, Wycherley, Vanbrugh, and Shadwell quarried his plays for characters and situations.
  • With Charles II came the re-opening of theatres, Restoration comedy, the Plague, the fire of London, and the building of St Paul's Cathedral.
  • She quickly built a reputation in London as an original and versatile actress with a special affinity for Restoration comedy.

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