Definition of tragedy in English:

tragedy

Line breaks: tra|gedy
Pronunciation: /ˈtradʒɪdi
 
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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 [mass noun]: 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.
Synonyms
shock, blow;
pain, sorrow, misery, distress, agony, unhappiness, sadness, disappointment
informal bummer
2A play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending, especially one concerning the downfall of the main character: Shakespeare’s tragedies
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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.
Synonyms
tragic drama, drama, play
literary buskin
2.1 [mass noun] The dramatic genre represented by tragedies: 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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