black humor

A subgenre of comedy and satire that deals with subjects that are believed to be serious or volatile, such as death, divorce, drug abuse, etc.
Syn: black comedy

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  • black humor — noun the juxtaposition of morbid and farcical elements (in writing or drama) to give a disturbing effect • Syn: ↑black humour • Topics: ↑drama • Hypernyms: ↑expressive style, ↑style * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • black humor — Synonyms and related words: Atticism, agile wit, burlesque, caricature, comedy, dry wit, esprit, farce, humor, irony, lampoon, nimble wit, parody, pleasantry, pretty wit, quick wit, ready wit, salt, sarcasm, satire, savor of wit, slapstick,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • black humor — a form of humor that regards human suffering as absurd rather than pitiable, or that considers human existence as ironic and pointless but somehow comic. [1965 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • black humor — morbid humor …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Anthology of Black Humor — The Anthology of Black Humor (in French Anthologie de l humour noir ) is an anthology of 45 writers edited by André Breton. It was first published in 1939 in Paris by Éditions du Sagittaire and its distribution was immediately banned by the Vichy …   Wikipedia

  • black|ness — «BLAK nihs», noun. 1. the quality or condition of being black; black color; darkness: »the blackness of night. 2. Figurative. wickedness. 3. the distinctive qualities or characteristics of black people; negritude: »The call for black studies is… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Black comedy — This article is about the genre. For situation comedies featuring a predominantly African American cast, see Black sitcom. For the play by Peter Shaffer, see Black Comedy (Play). Black Humor redirects here. For the Spanish film, see Black Humor… …   Wikipedia

  • humor — 1. noun a) The quality of being amusing, comical, funny. She has a great sense of humor, and I always laugh a lot whenever we get together. b) Four fluids (blood, yellow bile, black bile and …   Wiktionary

  • black comedy — noun comedy that uses black humor • Hypernyms: ↑comedy * * * noun Etymology: translation of French comédie noire : comedy that employs black humor ; also : a situation or a series of events that resembles black comedy his odyssey from illness to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • humor — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. disposition, mood, tem per; caprice, drollery, wit; fun; jest; choler, melancholy, depression, anger; facetiousness. See feeling. v. t. indulge, favor, oblige, gratify. See permission, tendency,… …   English dictionary for students

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