comedy of manners

a comedy satirizing the manners and customs of a social class, especially one dealing with the amorous intrigues of fashionable society.

1815–25 Unabridged
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comedy of manners
1.  a comedy dealing with the way of life and foibles of a social group
2.  the genre represented by works of this type

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Example sentences
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.
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