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black comedy

noun
1.
comedy that employs morbid, gloomy, grotesque, or calamitous situations in its plot.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70
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Word Origin and History for black comedy
n.

first recorded 1961, from black (adj.) in a figurative sense of "morbid;" cf. French pièce noire. In a racial sense, from 1921.

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