• WordNet 3.6
    • adj comic arousing or provoking laughter "an amusing film with a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls","an amusing fellow","a comic hat","a comical look of surprise","funny stories that made everybody laugh","a very funny writer","it would have been laughable if it hadn't hurt so much","a mirthful experience","risible courtroom antics"
    • adj comic of or relating to or characteristic of comedy "comic hero"
    • n comic a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: After the "Popeye" comic strip was launched in 1931, spinach consumption went up by thirty-three percent in the United States
    • n Comic A comedian.
    • Comic Causing mirth; ludicrous. "Comic shows."
    • Comic Relating to comedy, as distinct from tragedy. "I can not for the stage a drama lay,
      Tragic or comic , but thou writ'st the play."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The 1st comic strip was "The Yellow Kid," in the New York World in 1896. The cartoonist was Richard Felton Outcault.
    • comic Pertaining or relating to or of the nature of comedy, as distinct from tragedy. See comedy and drama.
    • comic Raising mirth; fitted to excite merriment.
    • n comic A comic actor or singer; a writer of comedies; a comical person.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first daily comic strip in the U.S. was "Mutt & Jeff."
    • adj Comic kom′ik relating to comedy: raising mirth: droll
    • n Comic (coll.) an amusing person:
    • n Comic (coll.) a comic paper
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  • Joan Rivers
    Joan Rivers
    “There is not one female comic who was beautiful as a little girl.”
  • Thornton Wilder
    “The comic spirit is given to us in order that we may analyze, weigh, and clarify things in us which nettle us, or which we are outgrowing, or trying to reshape.”
  • Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
    Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
    “We never respect those who amuse us, however we may smile at their comic powers.”
  • Umberto Eco
    Umberto Eco
    “The comic is the perception of the opposite; humor is the feeling of it.”
  • Socrates
    “The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close, like light and shadow.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “You have to see the sex act comically, as a child.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. comicus, pertaining to comedy, Gr. kwmiko`s: cf. F. comique,. See Comedy


In literature:

He met Slicko, the jumping girl squirrel, about whom I have told you, and also Squinty, the comical pig.
"Tum Tum, the Jolly Elephant" by Richard Barnum
American comic-opera in those countries; can you imagine it?
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
He worried Pal continually, but the dog bore it all with a look of mingled resignation and pleasure which was comical to see.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
Their militant social democracy was at once comical and corrective.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
He wishes to write a comic story before he has thought of a single comic incident.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
An evening in a Brazilian farm was, nevertheless, occasionally not devoid of interest or of comic scenes.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Now," he added, with a comical look, "I can't induce my uncle to have a bout with me.
"Chester Rand" by Horatio Alger, Jr
This was the comic relief of an absurdly dramatic situation.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
As before, the serio-comic pleader was successful, and obtained the desired injunctions.
"The History of "Punch"" by M. H. Spielmann
He only allows me comic opera once a week.
"The Melting-Pot" by Israel Zangwill
Either he or some one else had devised an effective counterplot; effective considered as a second act in a comic opera.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Comic Opera in one act by WEBER.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
His head tipped back against his chair, and he wagged it comically.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
In 1854-55, the results of a contrary system had reached proportions at once disheartening and comical.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
It was the uncanny energy of expression that prevented his singing from having a comic effect.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
I was for starting a comic paper.
"The Idler Magazine, Volume III., July 1893" by Various
He was a very comic dog, and it was well for me that I was reading a comic part of the book.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
He squints most comically, and is a more self-contained young person than Jimmy.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
It was a situation that would have been serious had it not been comic.
"With the French in France and Salonika" by Richard Harding Davis
If you do that kind of thing in comic poetry no editor will give you money.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 158, June 2, 1920" by Various

In poetry:

Their life will burn with unextinguished flame
To other Youth who tread Life's upland way;
The lustre of their chivalry will shame
All drift of life into a comic play:
"The Dead" by John William Streets
How long perverted, had the Comic scene,
(The flattering reflex of a sensual age)
Shown prurient Folly's rank licentious mien,
Refined, embellish'd on the pander stage:
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent
Each plays the part that is his heritage;
From choir to choir they pass, from sphere to sphere,
And deck themselves with joy or sorry cheer,
As Fate the comic playwright fills the page.
"Sonnet XIII." by Tommaso Campanella
The "Saturday Night," and "To Mary in Heaven,"
With true Scottish accent were touchingly given,
And reckless "Don Juan's" most comical plight,—
And pathos of "Harold" he gave with delight.
"To The Memory of David Scott" by John Henry Kimble
Why, sure the girl's beside herself: an Epilogue of singing,
A hopeful end indeed to such a blest beginning.
Besides, a singer in a comic set! --
Excuse me, Ma'am, I know the etiquette.
"Epilogue Intended To Have Been Spoken For 'She Stoops To Conquer'" by Oliver Goldsmith
But loud 'oorays don't 'arf ixpress my rage
When Danny comes upholstered fer the jig.
I've seen it on the stage,
Rat comic rig;
But never at a country dance before
'Ave I seen sich crook duds as Danny wore.
"The Dance" by C J Dennis

In news:

A Winthrop University student has found that DC Comics' Watchmen comic books are more than entertainment.
The digital comics distributor iVerse Media will launch a digital comics service for libraries in July, and I interviewed account director Josh Elder (also the creator of Mail Order Ninja) about the details.
Valiant comic book character X-O Manowar, part of the relaunched Valiant Comics.
So while Arrow 's Oliver is different from comics Oliver in some ways, right now he's far superior to the Oliver Queen in the comics.
Come back next week to read about Barker 's comic's comic.
DC Comics brings surprise endings to "Adventure Comics" 0 and "Legion of Three Worlds" 3.
Free Comic Book Day released the 2013 comics featured in the annual giveaway.
The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Committee is pleased to announce the complete list of Gold and Silver Sponsors and their comic books available for FCBD 2013, which will be held Saturday, May 4, 2013.
Graphic lit purists have cheered the decline of superhero comics, but another genre has flooded the comics bookshelves : memoir.
Comic's comic Eddie Pepitone is still hungry for his big break.
Milwaukee-area native Jeff Shuter composed a motion comic of " Buffy the Vampire Slayer," which was unveiled at the Comic-Con International convention in San Diego.
COMIC RELIEF – Paula Poundstone serves up comic nuggets in There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say.
The Comic 's Comic : Arj Barker.
Come back next week to read about Barker's comic 's comic .
Brent Weinbach chooses Arj Barker as his comic 's comic .

In science:

Anaglyphs are used in comics, cartoons and for some scientific purposes.
Stereography using a single lens
The dominant background is the radioactive spallation nuclei that are constantly created in the water by collisions on the oxygen nuclei with high energy comic ray muons.
Gadolinium study for a water Cherenkov detector
The evolution is shown as a comic strip, where each subfigure has an x−axis ranging from -1.5 to 1.5, and a y−axis ranging from -2.5 to 2.5 (the axis labels have been removed for a better readability).
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?
UHECR experiments of unprecedented sensitivity to primary comic ray composition, and be employed in a future large scale observatory.
The MIDAS telescope for microwave detection of ultra-high energy cosmic rays
It then seems plausible that on both large and small scales the assumption of Gaussian Perturbations is acceptable; however on intermediate scales this is not the case, on these scales the effects of comic variance would be small enough to allow a non-Gaussian signature to be apparent.
1+3 Covariant Cosmic Microwave Background anisotropies I: Algebraic relations for mode and multipole representations
It would be weird, or indeed comical(!), to even try to fathom what would the meaning of the notion of ‘singularity’ be in a purely ‘pointless’ and ‘space(tile)less’ algebraico-categorical setting like ours.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
The humorous effect is caused not only by ”wit” discussed above, but also by the ”comic” (exaggerated movements of a clown, grimaces, caricatures, parodies and so on).
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
The examples are incomprehension of a joke due to the absence in memory of a necessary image, peculiar view of the ”norm” while perceiving the comic, the forcing out of laughter by secondary emotions (see ) and so on.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
One could wonder if this experiment, a bit like a comic strip, is adequate in a scientific publication.
Bigravity : A bimetric model of the Universe. Positive and negative gravitational lensings
The first and second columns show the mean redshift and the redshift bin size, the third column gives the root comic variance for dark matter while the last six columns give the root cosmic variance for galaxies in the indicated stellar mass intervals.
A Cosmic Variance Cookbook
The first and second columns show the mean redshift and the redshi ft bin size, the third column gives the root comic variance for dark matter, and the last six columns give the root cosmic variance for galaxies in the indicated stellar mass intervals.
A Cosmic Variance Cookbook