Aristotle
Note from A Comparison Between Laughing and Sentimental Comedy by Oliver Goldsmith

Aristotle distinguishes comedy and tragedy by saying that
"one would make its personages worse, and the other better, than the men of the present day"
;further, that comedy imitates one particular kind of fault, the ridiculous. (Poetics, trans. Ingram Bywater, 1448a, 1449a).

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