from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not to be taken seriously: comic-opera politics; a comic-opera style of uniform.


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  • As soon as I alighted, I found one of the "traffic vigils," whose handsome, white pith helmets lend them a comic-opera charm, making them the most approachable of Italian police, though perhaps not the most effectual.

    Riding Public Transport, It's L'Avventura

  • So despite critical grumblings about turning backward into the past, the National Opera could hardly have made a better choice for the holidays than to finally offer Paris Ponnelle's witty, effervescent staging of Gioachino Rossini's sparkling comic-opera Cinderella story.

    'La Cenerentola' Sparkles on the Paris Stage

  • How did the comic-opera pastor of a tiny Southern congregation come to dominate the media for the better part of a week, eclipsing countless expressions of outrage from religious and secular groups around the country?

    Jim Kenney: Why the Mosque Melee Actually Signals a New Era of Religious Tolerance

  • And our comic-opera Mayor, who hadn't attended either of the first two meetings, was in perfect Larry O'Brien form.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • There's something of the comic-opera incompetent about Weinstein.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Because we offer something more than the comic-opera staged combats that currently mesmerize them.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • But for this comic-opera neo-McCarthyist, none of that is really necessary, is it?

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Things started to unravel for Koizumi's successor, Shinzo Abe, when Parliament started grilling his agriculture minister for expensing a few tens of thousands of dollars in office water bills; hit a comic-opera high when opposition lawmakers raided his office in a publicity stunt to see if he had the expensive water purifiers he had insisted caused the high bills; and touched bottom when the minister hanged himself amid a string of other allegations.


  • The real-time name of Adolf Hitler, along with his Austrian comic-opera name of Adolf Schicklgruber, has finally been mentioned, and things are turning nasty and serious.

    The 2,000-Year-Old Panic

  • The captain, a seedy Spaniard in a comic-opera version of a military uniform, leans over the rail and takes the troubadour's pink ticket.

    La insistencia de J├╝rgen Fauth


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