(French: "tearful comedy"), 18th-century genre of French sentimental drama, which formed a bridge between the decaying tradition of aristocratic Neoclassical tragedy and the rise of serious bourgeois drama. Such comedies made no pretense of being amusing; virtuous characters were subjected to distressing domestic crises, but, even if the play ended unhappily, virtue never went unrewarded. If the heroine died, for example, her "moral" triumph was made clear to the audience.
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