comedy of manners

comedy of manners
a comedy satirizing the manners and customs of a social class, esp. one dealing with the amorous intrigues of fashionable society.

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Witty, ironic form of drama that satirizes the manners and fashions of a particular social class or set.

Comedies of manners were usually written by sophisticated authors for members of their own social class, and they typically are concerned with social usage and the ability or inability of certain characters to meet social standards, which are often exacting but morally trivial. The plot, usually concerning an illicit love affair or other scandalous matter, is subordinate to the play's brittle atmosphere, witty dialogue, and pungent commentary on human foibles. Its notable exponents include William Congreve, Oliver Goldsmith, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Oscar Wilde, and Noel Coward.

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