comedy vs drama vs tragedy

comedy

Definitions

noun

  1. light and humorous drama with a happy ending
  2. a comic incident or series of incidents

Examples

Sony Pictures Animation has a full slate of films including the mouth-watering 3D comedy Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which opened as the #1 movie in North America on September 18, Hotel Transylvania, now in pre-production and, in association with Columbia Pictures, The Smurfs, now in production.

I think it's certainly quite a lot of the comedy that I've been involved in is quite extreme, if you like, and the extremity is part of what's funny about it.

The story of the guilt-ridden woman who knows she can never be a good enough mother is beautifully judged in its mixture of comedy and depression.

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drama

Definitions

noun

  1. an episode that is turbulent or highly emotional
  2. the quality of being arresting or highly emotional
  3. the literary genre of works intended for the theater
  4. a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage

Examples

Academic excellence was matched with extra-curricular activities of every description - from drama through sport to foreign travel.

At least five people were killed when an overcrowded migrant boat capsized last month which was dramatically caught on camera by Italian coastguards.

The study predicted that, by 2022, the country would still require $7.2 billion in foreign aid a year—and that assumes an upsurge of so-far inexistent mining-industry revenue and no dramatic deterioration of security.

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