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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.
relief from tension caused by the introduction or occurrence of a comic element, as by an amusing human foible.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Apparently, our fans needed a little
the day after the tragedy.
Sci-fi films too often resort to an irritating, cuddly alien for
, show monkey approaching a skunk and getting sprayed.
He is not a sports commentator as much as he is
who does not know when to simply shut up.
But his weirdly epicene intruder is little more than a colorful buffoon, a bit of
, in the proceedings.
In the country house, sheer white curtains frame views of lavish woods, and loyal family servants provide
Many are anecdotal and told, often for mere
, years after the event.
In a metaphorical sense-and for a little
-permit me to illustrate how the popular media also can confuse the matter.
is necessary in our work, especially now.
The subplots simply added fluff, filler, and
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