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comic relief

  1. 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.
  2. 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
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