gallows humor

humor that treats serious, frightening, or painful subject matter in a light or satirical way.

1900–05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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In fact, there's a sort of gallows humor that gets tossed around.
There's gotta be a little gallows humor to get you through the day.
It's honest and haunting and ripe with gallows humor.
He seldom complained, and he bolstered his courage with gallows humor.
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