Tragi-comic

Trag`i-com´ic


a.1.Of or pertaining to tragi-comedy; partaking of grave and comic scenes.
Julian felt toward him that tragi-comic sensation which makes us pity the object which excites it not the less that we are somewhat inclined to laugh amid our sympathy.
- Sir W. Scott.
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Perhaps something akin to this oppressive feeling may have weighed upon you in watching this old-fashioned family life on the banks of the Floss, which even sorrow hardly suffices to lift above the level of the tragi-comic. It is a sordid life, you say, this of the Tullivers and Dodsons, irradiated by no sublime principles, no romantic visions, no active, self-renouncing faith; moved by none of those wild, uncontrollable passions which create the dark shadows of misery and crime; without that primitive, rough simplicity of wants, that hard, submissive, ill-paid toil, that childlike spelling-out of what nature has written, which gives its poetry to peasant life.
Mademoiselle Cormon's absence allowed the ladies present to discuss the tragi-comic scene--embellished, extended, historified, embroidered, wreathed, colored, and adorned--which had just taken place, and which, on the morrow, was destined to occupy all Alencon.
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The tragi-comic production speculates about his past and turns a satirical eye to the religious hypocrisies of 19th Century Scotland.
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Taking aim in particular at Austria's conservative government, Celik added it was "tragi-comic" that the EU made such comments when it was "held captive by members where the far-right is ruling".