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comedy

noun uk   /ˈkɒm.ə.di/ us    /ˈkɑː.mə-/
B1 [C] a (type of) film, play, or book that is intentionally funny either in its characters or its action: His latest film is described as a "romantic comedy". I prefer Shakespeare's comedies to his tragedies.Types of film, play, book etc. [U] the humorous part of a situation: The vicar's forgetting his lines in the middle of the speech provided some good comedy.Humour and humorous comedy of manners a type of comedy in which the social behaviour of a particular group of people is made to appear sillyTypes of film, play, book etc.
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