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Definitions of tragedy

  1. drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance; excites terror or pity Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A fatal and mournful event; any event in which human lives are lost by human violence, more especially by unauthorized violence. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A drama of which the outcome is bad, often fatal, for the hero or heroine; any work of literature of a similar character; a melancholy or fatal event; that quality which causes grief or catastrophe to command deep sympathy and respect. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. A drama of a serious character, with a sad or calamitous catastrophe. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. The form of drama in which the theme is solemn, lofty, or pathetic. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. A fatal event; dramatic incident. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. A dramatic poem written in a lofty strain, the chief characters of which are of exalted rank, the sentiments elevated, and the end melancholy; a fatal and mournful event. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. A dramatic poem representing an event, or a series of events, in the life of an individual, generally having a fatal issue, and meant to impress on the mind some great moral truth; any event in which human lives are lost by murderous violence; a fatal and mournful event. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for tragedy

  1. The greatest laughter, the greatest comedy, is divided by a hair from the greatest tragedy – Writing for Vaudeville by Brett Page
  2. If he told her everything and surprised her love for him, there was the second tragedy – The-Choir-Invisible by Allen, James Lane
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