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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.
Origin of black humor
1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Sorry indeed would be any one's plight who should encounter you in this black humor.

    Robin Hood J. Walker McSpadden
  • And she noted with pleasure that he, too, was in a black humor.

  • She glanced sideways at him and was thoroughly startled at the black humor displayed in his countenance.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
  • Sorry indeed would be anyone's plight who should encounter you in this black humor.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
Contemporary definitions for black humor

in literature and drama, combining the morbid and grotesque with humor and farce to give a disturbing effect and convey the absurdity and cruelty of life's 21st Century Lexicon
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