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comedy of manners

a comedy satirizing the manners and customs of a social class, especially one dealing with the amorous intrigues of fashionable society.
Origin of comedy of manners
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for comedy of manners
  • And this comedy of manners is so much fun that it wouldn't even need the mystery to be one of the year's top entertainments.
  • The one fault commonly imputed to it is that it has too grave a motive for a comedy of manners.
  • It is the genius of the comedy of manners to spin through the lives of recognizable characters with complete plausibility.
  • The first hour is a deft, detailed comedy of manners that takes place entirely on the train.
  • In addition to amorous disputes, he also supplies enough cultural contrasts to turn this into a slender comedy of manners.
  • Such a broad approach obliterates the comedy of manners.
  • As this comedy of manners unfolds, it is played for all-out action as well as satiric humor.
British Dictionary definitions for comedy of manners

comedy of manners

a comedy dealing with the way of life and foibles of a social group
the genre represented by works of this type
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