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comic relief

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Definition of comic relief in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Humorous content in a dramatic or literary work intended to offset more serious episodes: between tragic stories are a few songs supplying comic relief
More 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 comic relief: the archaeologist, who begins as oafish comic relief, exemplifies her gift for character drawing
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  • 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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