Definition of tragedian in English:

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Pronunciation: /trəˈdʒiːdɪən/


1An actor who specializes in tragic roles.
Example sentences
  • It reminded us that some of the zaniest players can play tragedy better than tragedians.
  • Rather, an actor will develop a specialty within a line, perhaps serving only as a lead tragedian, never doing comedy, or narrowing his eccentric business to specialize in Irish or Jewish roles.
  • He retired from the stage in 1817 with a final performance as Coriolanus, widely respected as a great tragedian and as Garrick's successor in the promotion and playing of Shakespeare.
1.1A writer of tragedies.
Example sentences
  • How could Milton the classicist, the tragedian, the epic writer, reject Plato, the Greek tragedians, and Homer himself?
  • Not even the greatest of ancient tragedians could have written the script, most commentators agreed.
  • Born around 524 or 525 B.C. in the city of Eleusis near Athens, the Greek dramatist Aeschylus is known as the first great tragedian.


Late Middle English (denoting a writer of tragedies): from Old French tragediane, from tragedie (see tragedy).

Words that rhyme with tragedian

Archimedean, comedian, epicedian, median

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