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.

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Origin of comic relief

First recorded in 1815–25

Words nearby comic relief

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