noun (plural tragedies)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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