Definition of tragedy in English:

tragedy

Syllabification: trag·e·dy
Pronunciation: /ˈtrajidē
 
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noun (plural tragedies)

  • 1An event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, crime, or natural catastrophe: a tragedy that killed 95 people his life had been plagued by tragedy
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    • Any road accident that causes a death or serious injury is a tragedy.
    • The patients to undergo this new medical procedure have been seriously disfigured by burns, serious accidents or personal tragedies.
    • Terrible human tragedies and unimaginable suffering result from fatal accidents in farming each year.
  • 2A play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending, especially one concerning the downfall of the main character.
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    • The Play of King Lear is a great tragic play that many tragedies try to compare to.
    • The characters in the tragedies of Sophocles resist all warnings and inescapably meet with disaster.
    • Comedies, tragedies, musicals and dramas make this a remarkably diverse theater season.
  • 2.1The dramatic genre represented by tragedy: Greek tragedy Compare with comedy.
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    • The representatives of tragedy and comedy chosen are not Greek but Roman.
    • In other words, shifting the format from theatrical tragedy to televisual sitcom.
    • In the various sessions, it ran up and down the scales from high drama to epic tragedy, from broad comedy to poignant romance.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French tragedie, via Latin from Greek tragōidia, apparently from tragos 'goat' (the reason remains unexplained) + ōidē 'song, ode'. Compare with tragic.

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