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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Comedy  \Com"e*dy\,  n.;  pl  {Comedies}.  [F.  com['e]die,  L. 
  comoedia  fr  Gr  ?;  ?  a  jovial  festivity  with  music  and 
  dancing,  a  festal  procession,  an  ode  sung  at  this  procession 
  (perh.  akin  to  ?  village,  E.  home)  +  ?  to  sing;  for  comedy 
  was  originally  of  a  lyric  character.  See  {Home},  and  {Ode}.] 
  A  dramatic  composition,  or  representation  of  a  bright  and 
  amusing  character,  based  upon  the  foibles  of  individuals,  the 
  manners  of  society,  or  the  ludicrous  events  or  accidents  of 
  life;  a  play  in  which  mirth  predominates  and  the  termination 
  of  the  plot  is  happy;  --  opposed  to  tragedy. 
 
  With  all  the  vivacity  of  comedy.  --Macaulay. 
 
  Are  come  to  play  a  pleasant  comedy.  --Shak. 




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