comedy of manners
Date: 1822 comedy that satirically portrays the manners and fashions of a particular class or set

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • comedy of manners — comedy that satirically portrays the manners and fashions of a particular class or set * * * noun, pl comedies of manners [count] : a humorous play, movie, novel, etc., about the way a particular group of people behave * * * ˌcomedy of ˈmanners 7 …   Useful english dictionary

  • comedy of manners — n. a type of comedy depicting and satirizing the manners and customs of fashionable society: see also HIGH COMEDY …   English World dictionary

  • Comedy of Manners —   [ kɔmɪdɪ ɔv mænəz] die, , Komödientyp der englischen Restaurationszeit (17. Jahrhundert), in dem zeitgenössischen Sitten (»manners«) und Anschauungen satirisch überzeichnet dargestellt werden; die C. of M. steht damit in der Tradition des… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • comedy of manners — plural comedies of manners n a play, film, or television programme that shows how silly people s behaviour is or can be …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Comedy of manners — The comedy of manners is a genre of play/television/film which satirizes the manners and affectations of a social class, often represented by stock characters, such as the miles gloriosus in ancient times, the fop and the rake during the… …   Wikipedia

  • comedy of manners — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms comedy of manners : singular comedy of manners plural comedies of manners a play, film, television programme etc that shows the behaviour of people belonging to a particular social class in a humorous way …   English dictionary

  • Comedy of Manners — Co|me|dy of Man|ners [ əv mænəz] die; <aus engl. comedy of manners »Sittenkomödie«> ein beliebter Komödientyp der engl. Restaurationszeit im 17. Jh …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • comedy of manners — a comedy satirizing the manners and customs of a social class, esp. one dealing with the amorous intrigues of fashionable society. [1815 25] * * * Witty, ironic form of drama that satirizes the manners and fashions of a particular social class or …   Universalium

  • comedy of manners — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. light social satire, high comedy, play; see drama 1 , parody . Famous comedies of manners include Goldsmith: She Stoops to Conquer; Sheridan: School for Scandal, The Rivals; Vanbrugh: The Relapse, The Provok d Wife; Farquhar …   English dictionary for students

  • comedy of manners — comedy that ridicules through the use of satire the manners and behaviours of a certain class of society …   English contemporary dictionary

  • comedy of manners — com′edy of man′ners n. lit. a comedy satirizing the manners and customs of a social class • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

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