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1. A writer of tragedies.
2. One who performs tragic roles in the theater.


(trəˈdʒiːdɪən) or feminine


1. (Theatre) an actor who specializes in tragic roles
2. (Theatre) a writer of tragedy


(trəˈdʒi di ən)

1. an actor noted for performing tragic roles.
2. a writer of tragedy.
[1325–75; Middle English tragedien < Middle French; see tragedy, -an1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tragedian - a writer (especially a playwright) who writes tragediestragedian - a writer (especially a playwright) who writes tragedies
author, writer - writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)
2.tragedian - an actor who specializes in tragic rolestragedian - an actor who specializes in tragic roles
actor, histrion, thespian, role player, player - a theatrical performer


[trəˈdʒiːdɪən] Ntrágico m


n (= writer)Tragiker m, → Tragödiendichter m; (= actor)Tragöde m (geh), → Darsteller mtragischer Rollen
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But when Tragedy and Comedy came to light, the two classes of poets still followed their natural bent: the lampooners became writers of Comedy, and the Epic poets were succeeded by Tragedians, since the drama was a larger and higher form of art.
These old legends, so brimming over with everything that is most abhorrent to our Christianized moral sense some of them so hideous, others so melancholy and miserable, amid which the Greek tragedians sought their themes, and moulded them into the sternest forms of grief that ever the world saw; was such material the stuff that children's playthings should be made of
At the beginning of their acquaintance Hayward, as a member of so celebrated a university, had adopted a patronising attitude towards Weeks, who was a graduate of Harvard; and when by chance the conversation turned upon the Greek tragedians, a subject upon which Hayward felt he spoke with authority, he had assumed the air that it was his part to give information rather than to exchange ideas.
Thence what the lofty grave Tragedians taught In chorus or iambic, teachers best Of moral prudence, with delight received In brief sententious precepts, while they treat Of fate, and chance, and change in human life, High actions and high passions best describing.
Nevertheless, the tragedians and Pindar disobeying our behests, although they acknowledge that Asclepius was the son of Apollo, say also that he was bribed into healing a rich man who was at the point of death, and for this reason he was struck by lightning.
In old times, you see, a man who wanted to educate himself--a Frenchman, for instance--would have set to work to study all the classics and theologians and tragedians and historiaris and philosophers, and, you know, all the intellectual work that came in his way.
muttered Jo, rolling her eyes and clutching at the air, as she had seen a famous tragedian do.
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For Agatha, prompt to ridicule sentimentality in her companions, and gifted with an infectious spirit of farce, secretly turned for imaginative luxury to visions of despair and death; and often endured the mortification of the successful clown who believes, whilst the public roar with laughter at him, that he was born a tragedian.
boards of the young tragedian who has of late been winning such