tragedy

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈtrædʒədi/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈtrædʒɪdi/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(traji dē)

Inflections of 'tragedy' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": tragedies

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
trag•e•dy /ˈtrædʒɪdi/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -dies. 
  1. a terrible or fatal event or affair;
    disaster:[countable]a family tragedy.
  2. Literature a play dealing with such affairs or events:[countable]Shakespeare's tragedies.
  3. Literature[uncountable] the branch of the drama concerned with this form of composition.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
trag•e•dy  (traji dē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -dies. 
  1. a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction.
  2. the branch of the drama that is concerned with this form of composition.
  3. the art and theory of writing and producing tragedies.
  4. any literary composition, as a novel, dealing with a somber theme carried to a tragic conclusion.
  5. the tragic element of drama, of literature generally, or of life.
  6. a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair;
    calamity;
    disaster:the tragedy of war.
  • Greek tragōidía, equivalent. to trág(os) goat + ōidé̄ song (see ode) + -ia -y3; reason for name variously explained
  • Medieval Latin tragēdia, Latin tragoedia
  • Middle English tragedie 1325–75

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
tragedy /ˈtrædʒɪdɪ/ n ( pl -dies)
  1. (esp in classical and Renaissance drama) a play in which the protagonist, usually a man of importance and outstanding personal qualities, falls to disaster through the combination of a personal failing and circumstances with which he cannot deal
  2. any dramatic or literary composition dealing with serious or sombre themes and ending with disaster
  3. the branch of drama dealing with such themes
  4. the unfortunate aspect of something
  5. a shocking or sad event; disaster
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French tragédie, from Latin tragoedia, from Greek tragōidia, from tragos goat + ōidē song; perhaps a reference to the goat-satyrs of Peloponnesian plays
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