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

  • n. Humorous treatment of a grave or dire situation: "conveying with gallows humor the utter insanity of the nuclear-arms race” ( New York).

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  • n. Comedy that still manages to be funny in the face of, and in response to, a horrible, deathly, tragic, dramatic, perfectly hopeless situation.


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