comic relief


noun

an amusing scene, incident, or speech introduced into serious or tragic elements, as in a play, in order to provide temporary relief from tension, or to intensify the dramatic action.
relief from tension caused by the introduction or occurrence of a comic element, as by an amusing human foible.

Nearby words

  1. comfrey,
  2. comfy,
  3. comic,
  4. comic book,
  5. comic opera,
  6. comic strip,
  7. comic-opera,
  8. comical,
  9. comically,
  10. comice

Origin of comic relief

First recorded in 1815–25

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