Definition of tragicomedy in English:


Syllabification: trag·i·com·e·dy
Pronunciation: /ˌtrajəˈkämədē/

noun (plural tragicomedies)

1A play or novel containing elements of both comedy and tragedy.
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  • It's like a romantic comedy written by Beckett - a romantic tragicomedy - in which romance dies not in some passionate combustion, but fizzles out into uncomfortable, aseptic banality.
  • And he aims to complete this picture with a tragicomedy dealing with the relationship between two fiery best friends.
  • Of his three rousing tragicomedies, Juno and the Paycock is the most popular, The Shadow of a Gunman the most moving, and The Plow and the Stars the most accomplished.
1.1Tragicomedy as a genre.
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  • It would seem that tragicomedy was the new genre of the moment, and that Shakespeare, Fletcher, and Beaumont sparked each other off to develop that genre to its full potential.
  • Part fairy tale, part tragicomedy, it's sure to be a hit.
  • This film could have been deadly earnest and full of moral fury, but the tone is the stuff of tragicomedy.


late 16th century: from French tragicomédie or Italian tragicomedia, based on Latin tragicocomoedia, from tragicus (see tragic) + comoedia (see comedy).



Pronunciation: /-ˈkämik/
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  • It would be tragicomic if it had not cost so many lives.
  • A moving, tragicomic tale of a woman facing the loss of a breast to cancer has won the annual Seniors Week short story competition.
  • Well, here's a revealing, tragicomic, ugly example.


Pronunciation: /-ˈkämik(ə)lē/
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  • It's a very serious issue; they're often abetted by over-zealous or uninformed prosecutors; and it does happen - as the notorious case I just mentioned tragicomically demonstrated.
  • Once again the defense was tragicomically inept, particularly against our point guard, who racked up seven assists before the first quarter was over.
  • A stout but vulnerable little object, it heaves part of itself aloft in a way that leaves one footlike dowel hanging, tragicomically, a few inches off the ground.

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