Definitions

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

  • adj. Both serious and comic.

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  • adj. Having both serious and comedic qualities or tendencies.

Etymologies

serio(us) + comic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The recital ended in seriocomic despair, with the rueful statement that "the impression I probably made on her darkened mind was, that it was the American custom to breakfast children on bread soaked in whisky instead of light Italian wine."

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  • What Marshall is after is a kind of seriocomic panorama of working-class love and loneliness in the big city.

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  • NY's Muslim punk scene comes under scrutiny in this seriocomic adaptation of Michael Muhammad Knight's 2003 novel.

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  • Junot Diaz's also seriocomic, also Pulitzer-winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao initially focuses on Oscar -- a New Jersey-based, overweight, socially inept, nice-guy nerd smitten with comic books, Tolkien, Star Trek, and unavailable females.

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  • The star of Middlesex is the gender-conflicted Calliope/Cal, but Jeffrey Eugenides' seriocomic 2002 novel is also an Ellis Island/melting-pot story.

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  • But his almost seriocomic The Black Obelisk has several funny scenes that offer comic relief in the otherwise haunting, ominous tale set in 1923 Germany.

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  • Rumpole fans can savor a bailiff's dozen of Rumpole's seriocomic adventures in "Forever Rumpole: The Best of the Rumpole Stories" Viking, 502 pages, $30 .

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  • Chris Rock examines the cultural relationship between African Americans and their hair in this seriocomic documentary.

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  • In his introduction to this collection, a former Rolling Stone editor Paul Scanlon writes about how the young Thompson used to enter their San-Francisco-based office "with a bowlegged quickstep, making the zigzagging seriocomic, dramatic entrance," then plop down his leather rucksack while wordlessly removing the contents, which "usually included something edible, like a grapefruit, a carton of Dunhills, a large police flashlight, a bottle of Wild Turkey and a can of liquid Mace."

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  • TNT's dramedy took some time to find its voice in its first season, but with a trio of Emmy-winning Everybody Loves Raymond vets Tucker Cawley, Lew Schneider and cocreator Mike Royce now on the writing staff, the show is settling into a pleasingly seriocomic tone.

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  • "You were the lion of the night with your seriocomic recitation and you looked the part."
    Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 28, 2007