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A sentimental and moralizing form of comic drama popular in France in the 18th cent.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Charles Burney (1726–1814), musician and author. From French comédie larmoyante, lit. ‘tearful comedy’ from comédie + larmoyante, feminine of larmoyant.
comédie larmoyante/kɒməˌdi lɑːmwəˈjant//kɒməˌdi lɑːmwəˈjɑːnt/
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