tragicomedy


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trag·i·com·e·dy

 (trăj′ĭ-kŏm′ĭ-dē)
n. pl. trag·i·com·e·dies
1. A work of fiction, as a play, film, or novel, combining elements of tragedy and comedy.
2. The genre made up of such works.
3. An incident or situation having both comic and tragic elements.

[French tragicomédie, from Italian tragicommedia, from Late Latin tragicōmoedia, short for Latin tragicocōmoedia : tragicus, tragic; see tragic + cōmoedia, comedy; see comedy.]

trag′i·com′ic (-kŏm′ĭk), trag′i·com′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
trag′i·com′i·cal·ly adv.

tragicomedy

(ˌtrædʒɪˈkɒmɪdɪ)
n, pl -dies
1. (Theatre)
a. a drama in which aspects of both tragedy and comedy are found
b. the dramatic genre of works of this kind
2. an event or incident having both comic and tragic aspects
[C16: from French, ultimately from Late Latin tragicōmoedia; see tragedy, comedy]
ˌtragiˈcomic, ˌtragiˈcomical adj
ˌtragiˈcomically adv

trag•i•com•e•dy

(ˌtrædʒ ɪˈkɒm ɪ di)

n., pl. -dies.
1. a dramatic or other literary composition combining elements of both tragedy and comedy.
2. an incident, or series of incidents, of mixed tragic and comic character.
[1570–80; < Late Latin tragicōmoedia, syncopated variant of Latin tragicocōmoedia. See tragic, -o-, comedy]
trag`i•com′ic (-ˈkɒm ɪk) trag`i•com′i•cal, adj.
trag`i•com′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tragicomedy - a dramatic composition involving elements of both tragedy and comedy usually with the tragic predominatingtragicomedy - a dramatic composition involving elements of both tragedy and comedy usually with the tragic predominating
tragedy - drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance; excites terror or pity
2.tragicomedy - a comedy with serious elements or overtonestragicomedy - a comedy with serious elements or overtones
comedy - light and humorous drama with a happy ending
Translations
tragicomédie

tragicomedy

[ˈtrædʒɪˈkɒmɪdɪ] Ntragicomedia f

tragicomedy

tragicomedy

[ˌtrædʒɪˈkɒmɪdɪ] ntragicommedia
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