from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A humorous or farcical interlude in a serious literary work or drama, especially a tragedy, intended to relieve the dramatic tension or heighten the emotional impact by means of contrast.
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- n. The inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension.
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D., a leading light of the Methodist Episcopal Church, who offers himself as comic relief in our Clerical Vaudeville.