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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: English, 18th century


Combining the serious and the comic; serious in intention but jocular in manner or vice versa.

Examples of Serio-comic in a sentence

"Serio-comic movies can feel more realistic than straight comedies or dramas because of how they mix familiar emotions."

"The 1985 film “The Breakfast Club” is a serio-comic classic, contrasting the solemnity of some of its moments with delightful humor."

About Serio-comic

The compound “serio-comic” combines “serio-“ and “comic,” each of which is an English root. At the same time as the term came into use in English, similar forms were being used in French (“sério-comique”) and in Italian (“serio-comico”).

Did you Know?

Historically, the term “serio-comic” is associated with a surprising concept: satirical maps. In the mid-19th century, with various wars breaking out across Europe, artists like Fred W. Rose created serio-comic maps of Europe featuring cartoonish depictions of the various countries engaged in war. These serio-comic maps often depicted countries as animals, such as turkeys, lions, bears, and greedy octopi, as a means of finding humor in their very serious military campaigns and aims.

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