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[kom-i-kuh l] /ˈkɒm ɪ kəl/
producing laughter; amusing; funny:
a comical fellow.
Obsolete. pertaining to or of the nature of comedy.
Origin of comical
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at comic, -al1
Related forms
comicality, comicalness, noun
comically, adverb
noncomical, adjective
noncomically, adverb
noncomicalness, noun
noncomicality, noun
quasi-comical, adjective
quasi-comically, adverb
semicomical, adjective
semicomically, adverb
uncomical, adjective
uncomically, adverb
Can be confused
comedic, comic, comical.
Synonym Study
1. See amusing. Unabridged
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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.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks
  • 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.

    Mrs. Geoffrey Duchess
  • Suddenly, by an abrupt revulsion of ideas, the comicality of the whole thing struck him.

    Tartarin On The Alps Alphonse Daudet
  • And the comicality of the situation again overcoming Mr. Hutchinson, his robust sides shook once more with laughter.

  • The comicality of the sketch was in the faces of the eaters, with which the narrow counter was lined.

    London's Heart B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • A mere description of the shape and colouring of the adjutant does not give any idea of his comicality.

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • But the story lends a character of comicality to the stone; and the passer-by will sometimes chuckle to himself.

British Dictionary definitions for comicality


causing laughter
ludicrous; laughable
Derived Forms
comically, adverb
comicalness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for comicality



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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