Definition of comédie larmoyante in US English:

comédie larmoyante

noun

historical
  • A sentimental and moralizing form of comic drama popular in France in the 18th cent.

Origin

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.