[ seer-ee-oh-kom-ik ]

  1. partly serious and partly comic: a seriocomic play.

Origin of seriocomic

First recorded in 1775–85; seri(ous) + -o- + comic
  • Sometimes se·ri·o·com·i·cal .

Other words from seriocomic

  • se·ri·o·com·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby seriocomic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use seriocomic in a sentence

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

    The War of the Worlds | H. G. Wells
  • 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


less commonly seriocomical

/ (ˌsɪərɪəʊˈkɒmɪk) /

  1. mixing serious and comic elements

Derived forms of seriocomic

  • seriocomically, adverb

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