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trag·e·dy

 (trăj′ĭ-dē)
n. pl. trag·e·dies
1.
a. A drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness, or inability to cope with unfavorable circumstances.
b. The genre made up of such works.
c. The art or theory of writing or producing these works.
2. A play, film, television program, or other narrative work that portrays or depicts calamitous events and has an unhappy but meaningful ending.
3. A disastrous event, especially one involving distressing loss or injury to life: an expedition that ended in tragedy, with all hands lost at sea.
4. A tragic aspect or element.

[Middle English tragedie, from Old French, from Latin tragoedia, from Greek tragōidiā : tragos, goat + aoidē, ōidē, song; see wed- in Indo-European roots.]

tragedy

(ˈtrædʒɪdɪ)
n, pl -dies
1. (Theatre) (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. (Theatre) (in later drama, such as that of Ibsen) a play in which the protagonist is overcome by a combination of social and psychological circumstances
3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) any dramatic or literary composition dealing with serious or sombre themes and ending with disaster
4. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (in medieval literature) a literary work in which a great person falls from prosperity to disaster, often through no fault of his own
5. (Theatre) the branch of drama dealing with such themes
6. the unfortunate aspect of something
7. a shocking or sad event; disaster
[C14: 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]

trag•e•dy

(ˈtrædʒ ɪ di)

n., pl. -dies.
1. a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster: a family tragedy.
2. the tragic element of drama, of literature generally, or of life: the tragedy of poverty.
3. a literary composition, as a novel, dealing with a somber theme carried to a tragic conclusion.
4. 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 suffer downfall or destruction.
5. the branch of the drama that is concerned with this form of composition.
6. the art and theory of writing and producing tragedies.
[1325–75; Middle English tragedie < Medieval Latin tragēdia, Latin tragoedia < Greek tragōidía=trág(os) goat + ōidḗ song (see ode) + -ia -y3]

tragedy

A serious drama where the protagonist is overcome by social or psychological circumstances or personal failure.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tragedy - an event resulting in great loss and misfortunetragedy - an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
misfortune, bad luck - unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event
act of God, force majeure, inevitable accident, unavoidable casualty, vis major - a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events; "he discovered that his house was not insured against acts of God"
apocalypse - a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil
famine - a severe shortage of food (as through crop failure) resulting in violent hunger and starvation and death
kiss of death - something that is ruinous; "if this were known it would be the kiss of death for my political career"
meltdown - a disaster comparable to a nuclear meltdown; "there is little likelihood of a meltdown comparable to the American banking collapse in March 1933"
plague - any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God)
visitation - any disaster or catastrophe; "a visitation of the plague"
tidal wave - an unusual (and often destructive) rise of water along the seashore caused by a storm or a combination of wind and high tide
tsunami - a cataclysm resulting from a destructive sea wave caused by an earthquake or volcanic eruption; "a colossal tsunami destroyed the Minoan civilization in minutes"
2.tragedy - drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstancetragedy - drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance; excites terror or pity
drama - the literary genre of works intended for the theater
tragicomedy - a dramatic composition involving elements of both tragedy and comedy usually with the tragic predominating
comedy - light and humorous drama with a happy ending

tragedy

noun
1. disaster, catastrophe, misfortune, adversity, calamity, affliction, whammy (informal, chiefly U.S.), bummer (slang), grievous blow They have suffered an enormous personal tragedy.
disaster success, fortune, joy, happiness, prosperity
2. tragic drama, play a classic Greek tragedy
Quotations
"Tragedy is clean, it is restful, it is flawless" [Jean Anouilh Antigone]
"Tragedy ought to be a great kick at misery" [D.H. Lawrence letter]
"All tragedies are finish'd by a death,"
"All comedies are ended by a marriage" [Lord Byron Don Juan]
"The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel" [Horace Walpole, Fourth Earl of Orford Letters]

tragedy

noun
An occurrence inflicting widespread destruction and distress:
Translations
حادِث مأساوي، مأساهمَأْساةمأساة، رِوايَةٌ مأساوِيَّه
tragédie
tragedie
tragediamurhenäytelmä
tragedija
tragédiadrámaszomorújáték
harmleikursorgaratburîur
悲惨な出来事
비극
tragedijatragiškas
traģēdija
tragédia
tragedija
tragedi
โศกนาฏกรรม
trajediağlatıfacia
tấn thảm kịch

tragedy

[ˈtrædʒɪdɪ] N (gen) (Theat) → tragedia f
it is a tragedy thates una tragedia que ...
the tragedy of it is thatlo trágico del asunto es que ...
a personal tragedyuna tragedia personal

tragedy

[ˈtrædʒədi] n
(= tragic event) → tragédie f
(= play) → tragédie f

tragedy

n (= tragic incident)Tragödie f; (Theat also) → Trauerspiel nt; (no pl: = tragicness) → Tragische(s) nt; he often acts in tragedyer tritt oft in Tragödien auf; six killed in bus crash tragedytragischer Busunfall forderte sechs Todesopfer; the tragedy of it is that …das Tragische daran ist, dass …; it is a tragedy that …es ist (wirklich) tragisch or ein Unglück, dass …

tragedy

[ˈtrædʒɪdɪ] n (gen) (Theatre) → tragedia
it is a tragedy that ... → è una vera disgrazia che...

tragedy

(ˈtrӕdʒədi) plural ˈtragedies noun
1. (a) drama about unfortunate events with a sad outcome. `Hamlet' is one of Shakespeare's tragedies.
2. an unfortunate or sad event. His early death was a great tragedy for his family.
ˈtragic adjective
1. sad; unfortunate. I heard of the tragic death of her son.
2. of tragedy or tragedies. a tragic hero.

tragedy

مَأْساة tragédie tragedie Tragödie τραγωδία tragedia tragedia tragédie tragedija tragedia 悲惨な出来事 비극 tragedie tragedie tragedia tragédia трагедия tragedi โศกนาฏกรรม trajedi tấn thảm kịch 悲剧
References in classic literature ?
I do think THE WITCHES CURSE, an Operatic Tragedy is rather a nice thing, but I'd like to try McBETH, if we only had a trapdoor for Banquo.
She laughed at the comedy and wept--she and the gaudy woman next to her wept over the tragedy.
The tragedy is enacted with as continual a repetition as that of a popular drama on a holiday, and, nevertheless, is felt as deeply, perhaps, as when an hereditary noble sinks below his order.
He said it with admirable serenity, with positive unimpeachable gaiety; and doubtless it was that very note that most evoked for me the poignancy, the unnatural childish tragedy, of his probable reappearance at the end of three months with all this bravado and still more dishonor.
thy wretched laugh, thy idle but unresting eye; all thy strange mummeries not unmeaningly blended with the black tragedy of the melancholy ship, and mocked it!
Nothing of tragedy can be written, can be spoken, can be conceived, that equals the frightful reality of scenes daily and hourly acting on our shores, beneath the shadow of American law, and the shadow of the cross of Christ.
It would be well if all our lives were a divine tragedy even, instead of this trivial comedy or farce.
How strangely are comedy and tragedy blended in this life
Jour printer by trade; do a little in patent medi- cines; theater-actor -- tragedy, you know; take a turn to mesmerism and phrenology when there's a chance; teach singing-geography school for a change; sling a lecture sometimes -- oh, I do lots of things -- most anything that comes handy, so it ain't work.
Wilson and Tom drew deep breaths, and after some general chat about the tragedy, Pudd'nhead said, taking Tom's hand:
My boy, did you SEE all the various details of this strange conspiracy and tragedy that you've been describing?
Rebecca," said Emma Jane, with the nearest approach to tragedy that her nature would permit, "I don't know as I shall be able to bear it, and if anything happens to me, I ask you solemnly to bury that number of The Pilot with me.