Definition of tragedy in English:

tragedy

Line breaks: tra|gedy
Pronunciation: /ˈtradʒɪdi
 
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noun (plural tragedies)

  • 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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