Definition of comedy of manners in English:

comedy of manners


  • A play, novel, or film that gives a satirical portrayal of behaviour in a particular social group.

    • ‘I don't often use the word ‘exquisite’, but how else can I describe his masterful comedy of manners that slowly, with subtle precision, descends into darkness.’
    • ‘In effect, this play is a comedy of manners and is also a lot like the work Oscar Wilde would have written if he had had more freedom.’
    • ‘One of the characteristic genres of the period is Restoration comedy, or the comedy of manners, which developed upon the reopening of the theatres.’
    • ‘Not that it matters, as between them they gave us a very enjoyable comedy of manners or, perhaps more appropriately, bad manners which, all things considered, makes a delightful evening about Alice.’
    • ‘As much an Indian comedy of manners as a family drama, many of the initial, broadly humorous moments in the film revolve around the buffoonish character of wedding planner P.K. Dubey.’
    • ‘What began as an English comedy of manners with the wit of Oscar Wilde has become a delicious pastiche of an Agatha Christie country-house murder mystery.’
    • ‘This comedy of manners about unrequited love, social treachery, bad goth poetry, and monsters under the bed lures you in with daring imagery and gorgeous, dark atmosphere.’
    • ‘I might answer this by distinguishing the comedy of clowns from the romantic comedy of manners.’
    • ‘Twists and turns of plot in the guise of the stock situations inherent in traditional comedies of manners - missed communications, misunderstandings, deceit and trickery - take over.’
    • ‘By the age of 30 he had moved to London, and within ten years he had developed a loyal audience for social comedies of manners with a Regency setting, which he gradually diversified into a new and interesting genre.’
    • ‘The film could've been a standard comedy of manners, but the story has patches of unsettlingly modern violence that set it apart from other period pieces.’
    • ‘He's an adventurous storyteller, interweaving comedy of manners with good old-fashioned Mediterranean melodrama.’
    • ‘She was the mistress of the low-key hut deeply felt comedy of manners, wherein ordinary, decent people struggle through the crises, major and minor, of everyday life.’
    • ‘Though the writing is spotty in places, she's managed to do the impossible: deliver a fresh take on a by-now-stale movie staple - the high school comedy of manners.’
    • ‘In this highly charged physical comedy / comedy of manners, Moliere highlights our reliance on chemical remedies for our spiritual ailments and illustrates the need to find a cure from within.’
    • ‘In artistic terms, the Restoration period refers to material - including witty comedies of manners like Farquhar's - produced in England after the restoration of the British monarchy in 1660.’
    • ‘So begins Wilde's impeccable comedy of manners.’
    • ‘The comedy of manners that is taking place is so involving and enjoyable that the musical numbers eventually come to seem unwelcome intrusions, pauses in the fun demanded by the conventions of Bollywood rather than the narrative.’
    • ‘It is as much social satire as fairy story, as much comedy of manners as giddy farce.’
    • ‘It's a must see for anyone in the mood for a gentle comedy of manners with a hint of farce.’


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