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comical

[kom-i-kuh l]
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adjective
  1. producing laughter; amusing; funny: a comical fellow.
  2. Obsolete. pertaining to or of the nature of comedy.

Origin of comical

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at comic, -al1
Related formscom·i·cal·i·ty, com·i·cal·ness, nouncom·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·com·i·cal, adjectivenon·com·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·com·i·cal·ness, nounnon·com·i·cal·i·ty, nounqua·si-com·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-com·i·cal·ly, adverbsem·i·com·i·cal, adjectivesem·i·com·i·cal·ly, adverbun·com·i·cal, adjectiveun·com·i·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedcomedic comic comical

Synonym study

1. See amusing.
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Examples from the Web for comicality

Historical Examples

  • The element of comicality in this aspect of war is greatly outweighed by that of pathos.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • The boy laughed to himself at the comicality of the thought.

  • It is a slight piece of work, but contains some elements of comicality.

    A Book of Burlesque

    Willam Davenport Adams

  • People talk about him as if he were an ordinary purveyor of comicality.

  • Again the comicality of the whole proceeding strikes him, and he laughs aloud.


British Dictionary definitions for comicality

comical

adjective
  1. causing laughter
  2. ludicrous; laughable
Derived Formscomically, adverbcomicalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for comicality

comical

adj.

early 15c., "comic," from comic (or Latin comicus) + -al (1). Meaning "funny" is from 1680s. Earlier Middle English had an identical word meaning "epileptic," from Latin morbus comitialis "epilepsy."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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