Definitions for tragedyˈtrædʒ ɪ di

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

trag•e•dyˈtrædʒ 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.

    Category: Literature

  3. a literary composition, as a novel, dealing with a somber theme carried to a tragic conclusion.

    Category: Literature

  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.

    Category: Literature

  5. the branch of the drama that is concerned with this form of composition.

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  6. the art and theory of writing and producing tragedies.

    Category: Literature

Origin of tragedy:

1325–75; ME tragedie < ML tragēdia, L tragoedia < Gk tragōidía=trág(os) goat +ōidḗ song (see ode ) +-ia-y3

Princeton's WordNet

  1. calamity, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy, cataclysm(noun)

    an event resulting in great loss and misfortune

    "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"

  2. tragedy(noun)

    drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance; excites terror or pity

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tragedy(noun)ˈtrædʒ ɪ di

    an extremely sad situation in which people die or suffer

    Her death was an avoidable tragedy.; aa family day out that ended in tragedy FRE attention 2 articles

  2. tragedyˈtrædʒ ɪ di

    a play with in which a main character suffers a tragedy

    Shakespeare's tragedies


  1. tragedy(Noun)

    A drama or similar work, in which the main character is brought to ruin or otherwise suffers the extreme consequences of some tragic flaw or weakness of character.

  2. tragedy(Noun)

    The genre of such works, and the art of producing them.

  3. tragedy(Noun)

    A disastrous event, especially one involving great loss of life or injury.

  4. Origin: From the tragedie, from the tragedie, from the tragoedia, from the , from + ᾠδή, a reference to the goat-satyrs of the theatrical plays of the Dorians.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tragedy(noun)

    a dramatic poem, composed in elevated style, representing a signal action performed by some person or persons, and having a fatal issue; that species of drama which represents the sad or terrible phases of character and life

  2. Tragedy(noun)

    a fatal and mournful event; any event in which human lives are lost by human violence, more especially by unauthorized violence


  1. Tragedy

    Tragedy is a form of drama based on human suffering that invokes in its audience an accompanying catharsis or pleasure in the viewing. While many cultures have developed forms that provoke this paradoxical response, the term tragedy often refers to a specific tradition of drama that has played a unique and important role historically in the self-definition of Western civilization. That tradition has been multiple and discontinuous, yet the term has often been used to invoke a powerful effect of cultural identity and historical continuity—"the Greeks and the Elizabethans, in one cultural form; Hellenes and Christians, in a common activity," as Raymond Williams puts it. From its obscure origins in the theatre of ancient Greece 2,500 years ago, from which there survives only a fraction of the work of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, through its singular articulations in the works of Shakespeare, Lope de Vega, Racine, and Schiller, to the more recent naturalistic tragedy of Strindberg, Beckett's modernist meditations on death, loss and suffering, and Müller's postmodernist reworkings of the tragic canon, tragedy has remained an important site of cultural experimentation, negotiation, struggle, and change. A long line of philosophers—which includes Plato, Aristotle, Saint Augustine, Voltaire, Hume, Diderot, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Freud, Benjamin, Camus, Lacan, and Deleuze—have analysed, speculated upon, and criticised the tragic form.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tragedy' in Nouns Frequency: #1842

Anagrams of tragedy

  1. gyrated

Translations for tragedy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a) drama about unfortunate events with a sad outcome

`Hamlet' is one of Shakespeare's tragedies.

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