from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being comical; capacity for raising mirth; ludicrousness.
  • noun That which is comical or ludicrous; a comical act or event.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being comical; something comical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being comical.
  • noun Something comical.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of being comical


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  • I have seen human bathers acting just like the birds, though from a different cause, bobbing down towards the water, but afraid to dip their heads, and the idea of comicality arose, as it does in most of the ludicrous actions of animals, from their resemblance to those of mankind.

    The Naturalist in Nicaragua

  • Much of what Mr. Masson says in his Introduction of the way in which the verses of Milton should be read is judicious enough, though some of the examples he gives, of the "comicality" which would ensue from compressing every verse into an exact measure of ten syllables, are based on a surprising ignorance of the laws which guided our poets just before and during Milton's time in the structure of their verses.

    Among My Books Second Series

  • Sammons, an architect in the neo-classical style, lectured on the importance of preservation and decried the "comicality" of some modern architecture.

    Staff Blogs

  • It's all rounded off with a comicality that is all our own.

    Juliet Linley: The Family Behind The Web Comedy '2 Kids And A Dog'

  • It's all rounded off with a comicality that is all our own.

    Juliet Linley: The Family Behind The Web Comedy '2 Kids And A Dog'

  • Indeed, when looking at the catalogue of Baby Cow's bleakly funny programmes – Marion and Geoff, Human Remains, Nighty Night, Sensitive Skin, Sarah and Lizzie – one could scarcely find a better description of them than Chekhov's own words for his subject matter: "the sad comicality of everyday life".

    Chekhov Shorts: 'I'm Ivan Nyukhin, aha!'

  • But if the simple claim that a work is good because comical is thus intelligible, comicality is a general criterion for aesthetic value, and the principle that articulates that generality is true.

    The Concept of the Aesthetic

  • We also appeal to properties that are inherently positive, such as grace, or balance, or dramatic intensity, or comicality.

    The Concept of the Aesthetic

  • Mr. Bintrey, on the other hand, a cautious man, with twinkling beads of eyes in a large overhanging bald head, who inwardly but intensely enjoyed the comicality of openness of speech, or hand, or heart.

    No Thoroughfare

  • Rugg, as she raised her glass to her lips in completion of it, had not happened to look at Young John; when she was again so overcome by the contemptible comicality of his disinterestedness as to splutter some ambrosial drops of rum and water around, and withdraw in confusion.

    Little Dorrit


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