• synonyms


  1. 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
Related formsse·ri·o·com·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for seriocomic

Historical Examples of seriocomic

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

    The Awakening and Selected Short Stories

    Kate Chopin

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

  • The fateful evening came, and the seriocomic celebration was long delayed by the non-appearance of the eldest son.

British Dictionary definitions for seriocomic


less commonly seriocomical

  1. mixing serious and comic elements
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Derived Formsseriocomically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for seriocomic


also serio-comic, 1749 (implied in seriocomical), a blend of serious + comic.

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