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[kom-ik-op-er-uh, -op-ruh] /ˈkɒm ɪkˈɒp ər ə, -ˈɒp rə/
comically vainglorious; having farcically self-important aspects:
a comic-opera army, proud in its ceremonial splendor but inept on the battlefield.

comic opera

a diverting opera with spoken dialogue and a happy ending.
the tradition or genre of such operas.
Origin of comic opera
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for comic-opera
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  • American comic-opera in those countries; can you imagine it?

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • Jim felt that the Government had buncoed him into this comic-opera chorus.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • She had been first a comic-opera singer, and later had earned good money by giving singing lessons.

    My Austrian Love

    Maxime Provost
  • Unhappily his comic-opera politics prove that in attempting Parnassus he mistook his mountain.

    Books and Persons Arnold Bennett
  • You almost expect to see a chorus of comic-opera brigands or a bevy of stage milkmaids come trooping out of the wings any minute.

    Roughing it De Luxe Irvin S. Cobb
  • The lady hummed a comic-opera air; that voice was certainly familiar to me.

  • One is reminded of some comic-opera topsyturvyism when the judge tries in vain to get off the bench and be appointed constable.

  • Frohman said to him that he heard that there was much money in the comic-opera end of the business.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man

    Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
  • Is this going to be a comic-opera, and are we taking part as stage peasants, or really working?

    The Little Grey House

    Marion Ames Taggart
  • Zanzibar is an "Arabian Nights" city, a comic-opera capital, a most difficult city to take seriously.

    The Congo and Coasts of Africa Richard Harding Davis
British Dictionary definitions for comic-opera

comic opera

a play largely set to music, employing comic effects or situations See also opéra bouffe, opera buffa
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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