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"
drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance; excites terror or pity
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.
The genre of such works, and the art of producing them.
A disastrous event, especially one involving great loss of life or injury.
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.
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
a fatal and mournful event; any event in which human lives are lost by human violence, more especially by unauthorized violence
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
traj′e-di, n. a species of drama in which the action and language are elevated, and the catastrophe sad: any mournful and dreadful event.—n. Tragē′dian, an actor of tragedy:—fem. Tragē′dienne.—adjs. Trag′ic, -al, pertaining to tragedy: sorrowful: calamitous.—adv. Trag′ically.—ns. Trag′icalness; Trag′i-com′edy, a dramatic piece in which grave and comic scenes are blended.—adjs. Trag′i-com′ic, -al.—adv. Trag′i-com′ically. [Lit. 'goat-song,' so called either from the old dramas being exhibited when a goat was sacrificed, or from a goat being the prize, or because the actors were dressed in goat-skins—L. tragœdia—Gr. tragōdia—tragos, a he-goat, aoidos, ōdos, a singer—aeidein, adein, to sing.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'tragedy' in Nouns Frequency: #1842
The numerical value of tragedy in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of tragedy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The facts show a tragedy, a terrible tragedy, but not a crime.
There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.
None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.
Any death of this sort is a tragedy. Any shooting involving multiple victims is a tragedy, there is something particularly heartbreaking about death happening in a place in which we seek solace, we seek peace.
To the flying public an air tragedy is an air tragedy, regardless of how it is classified, in 2014 we saw a reduction in the number of fatal accidents - and that would be true even if we were to include MH17 in the total.
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- траге́дыя, бяда́, го́ра, няшча́сцеBelarusian
- tragèdiaCatalan, Valencian
- تراژدی, سوگنامه, غمنامهPersian
- tragedia, surma, murhenäytelmäFinnish
- catástrofe, traxediaGalician
- dráma, tragédia, szomorújátékHungarian
- 悲劇, 惨事Japanese
- tragedi, nahasMalay
- tragedia, bieda, nieszczęście, gorzePolish
- desastre, tragédia, catástrofePortuguese
- траге́дия, беда́, го́ре, несча́стьеRussian
- tragedija, трагедијаSerbo-Croatian
- біда́, го́ре, траге́дія, неща́стяUkrainian
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