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  • n. comedy that has an underlying serious purpose; a form of satire

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The theory or practice of the medical profession; -- used in burlesque or ridicule.
  • n. An assumption of buffoonery to cover some serious purpose.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The philosophy or methods ascribed to Pantagruel, one of the characters of Rabelais; the practice of dealing with serious matters in a spirit of broad and somewhat cynical good humour.
  • n. A satirical or opprobrious term applied to the profession of medicine.

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  • 1) a semi-serious philosophy of laughter
    2) a cynical humor

    May 12, 2008