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tragedy British & World English

An event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, crime, or natural catastrophe

tragedy English Thesaurus

the tragedy of his early death

revenge tragedy British & World English

A style of drama, popular in England during the late 16th and 17th centuries, in which the basic plot was a quest for vengeance and which typically featured scenes of carnage and mutilation. Examples of the genre include Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy (1592) and John Webster’s The Duchess Of Malfi (1623)