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black comedy

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  1. comedy that employs morbid, gloomy, grotesque, or calamitous situations in its plot.
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Origin of black comedy

First recorded in 1965–70
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Word Origin and History for black comedy


first recorded 1961, from black (adj.) in a figurative sense of "morbid;" cf. French pièce noire. In a racial sense, from 1921.

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