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  ( comics    plural  )
1       adj   If you describe something as comic, you mean that it makes you laugh, and is often intended to make you laugh.  
The novel is comic and tragic..., Most of these trips had exciting or comic moments.     
2       adj   Comic is used to describe comedy as a form of entertainment, and the actors and entertainers who perform it.  
ADJ n  
Grodin is a fine comic actor., ...a comic opera.     
3       n-count   A comic is an entertainer who tells jokes in order to make people laugh.   (=comedian)  
4       n-count   A comic is a magazine that contains stories told in pictures.  
  (mainly BRIT)   (=comic book)  
Joe loved to read `Superman' comics.     
in AM, usually use comic book     

comic book        ( comic books    plural  ) A comic book is a magazine that contains stories told in pictures.  
  (mainly AM)      n-count   (=comic)  
in BRIT, usually use comic     
comic strip        ( comic strips    plural  ) A comic strip is a series of drawings that tell a story, especially in a newspaper or magazine.      n-count  
tragi-comic   , tragicomic   Something that is tragi-comic is both sad and amusing at the same time.      adj  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


      adj   amusing, comical, droll, facetious, farcical, funny, humorous, jocular, joking, light, rich, waggish, witty  
      n   buffoon, clown, comedian, funny man, humorist, jester, joculator or (fem.) joculatrix, wag, wit  
   depressing, melancholy, pathetic, sad, serious, solemn, touching, tragic  

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