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seriocomic

[ seer-ee-oh-kom-ik ]
/ ˌsɪər i oʊˈkɒm ɪk /
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adjective

partly serious and partly comic: a seriocomic play.

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Sometimes se·ri·o·com·i·cal .

Origin of seriocomic

First recorded in 1775–85; seri(ous) + -o- + comic

OTHER WORDS FROM seriocomic

se·ri·o·com·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for seriocomic

  • The seriocomic periodical Punch, I remember, made a happy use of it in the political cartoon.

  • And so in grim silence he prepared for his farewell appearance in that great seriocomic tragedy of life called "Making Good."

    Garrison's Finish|W. B. M. Ferguson
  • The fateful evening came, and the seriocomic celebration was long delayed by the non-appearance of the eldest son.

  • He never assumed this seriocomic tone when alone with Mrs. Pontellier.

British Dictionary definitions for seriocomic

seriocomic

less commonly seriocomical

/ (ˌsɪərɪəʊˈkɒmɪk) /

adjective

mixing serious and comic elements

Derived forms of seriocomic

seriocomically, adverb
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