Definitions for tragedyˈtrædʒ ɪ di

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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

Wiktionary

  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

Freebase

  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


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