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comedy of manners

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noun
  1. a comedy satirizing the manners and customs of a social class, especially one dealing with the amorous intrigues of fashionable society.

Origin of comedy of manners

First recorded in 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for comedy of manners

comedy of manners

noun
  1. a comedy dealing with the way of life and foibles of a social group
  2. the genre represented by works of this type
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