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black comedy

comedy that employs morbid, gloomy, grotesque, or calamitous situations in its plot.
Origin of black comedy
1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Up to this point white criticism viewed the stage-setting of the black comedy with the impersonal interest of a box party.

    Birthright T.S. Stribling
Word Origin and History for black comedy

first recorded 1961, from black (adj.) in a figurative sense of "morbid;" cf. French pièce noire. In a racial sense, from 1921.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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