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comic relief

noun
1.
an amusing scene, incident, or speech introduced into serious or tragic elements, as in a play, in order to provide temporary relief from tension, or to intensify the dramatic action.
2.
relief from tension caused by the introduction or occurrence of a comic element, as by an amusing human foible.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25
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