What does tragedy mean?

Definitions for tragedy
ˈtrædʒ ɪ ditragedy

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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.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. tragedy(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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.

  3. tragedy(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tragedy

    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. tragōdiatragos, a he-goat, aoidos, ōdos, a singer—aeidein, adein, to sing.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tragedy in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tragedy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of tragedy in a Sentence

  1. Lukwesa Morin:

    This is life, a pattern of renewal, growth, and change. None of us are really ever the same over the course of a lifetime. The tragedy is not learning the lessons within the experiences we have.

  2. Carly Fiorina:

    It's a terrible tragedy and while of course it's difficult to talk about, I also think it's very important to talk about, too, that families suffering through this should not feel ashamed or stigmatized.

  3. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton:

    This tragedy reminds us that Minnesota's law enforcement officers risk their lives every day and night to keep us safe.

  4. Thomas Huxley:

    The great tragedy of science is the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.

  5. Howard Finkelstein:

    There is no way anyone can minimize the tragedy of what took place, it’s time to mourn; it’s time to figure outhow to prevent future tragedies.He should spend the rest of his life in prison, but he does not deserve to die.

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