from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A comedy satirizing the attitudes and behavior of a particular social group, often of fashionable society.
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- n. A comic work that satirizes the manners and affectations of a social class, often represented by stock characters.
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To resume, the modern comedy of manners combines Scribe's theatrical technique with Balzac's observation.