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comic relief

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.
Origin of comic relief
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for comic relief
  • Apparently, our fans needed a little comic relief the day after the tragedy.
  • Sci-fi films too often resort to an irritating, cuddly alien for comic relief.
  • For comic relief, show monkey approaching a skunk and getting sprayed.
  • He is not a sports commentator as much as he is comic relief who does not know when to simply shut up.
  • But his weirdly epicene intruder is little more than a colorful buffoon, a bit of comic relief, in the proceedings.
  • In the country house, sheer white curtains frame views of lavish woods, and loyal family servants provide comic relief.
  • Many are anecdotal and told, often for mere comic relief, years after the event.
  • In a metaphorical sense-and for a little comic relief-permit me to illustrate how the popular media also can confuse the matter.
  • Well, comic relief is necessary in our work, especially now.
  • The subplots simply added fluff, filler, and comic relief.

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