- (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
- any dramatic or literary composition dealing with serious or sombre themes and ending with disaster
- the branch of drama dealing with such themes
- the unfortunate aspect of something
- a shocking or sad event; disaster
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trag•e•dy /ˈtrædʒɪdi/USA pronunciation n., pl. -dies.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- a terrible or fatal event or affair;
disaster:[countable]a family tragedy.
- Literature a play dealing with such affairs or events:[countable]Shakespeare's tragedies.
- Literature[uncountable] the branch of the drama concerned with this form of composition.
trag•e•dy (traj′i dē),USA pronunciation n., pl. -dies.
- 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.
- the branch of the drama that is concerned with this form of composition.
- the art and theory of writing and producing tragedies.
- any literary composition, as a novel, dealing with a somber theme carried to a tragic conclusion.
- the tragic element of drama, of literature generally, or of life.
- a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair;
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
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tragedy /ˈtrædʒɪdɪ/ n ( pl -dies)
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