high comedy

noun
comedy dealing with polite society, characterized by sophisticated, witty dialogue and an intricate plot.
Compare low comedy.


Origin:
1890–95

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high comedy
 
n
Compare low comedy comedy set largely among cultured and articulate people and featuring witty dialogue
 
high comedian
 
n

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Example sentences
They continue to amuse us-there is high comedy in it, sure.
Here the proceedings took on the aspect of high comedy.
Some had the elements of high comedy, while one was deeply tragic.
Anyone who has been around trials know that they have moments of low and high comedy.
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