- 1a very sad event or situation, especially one that involves death It's a tragedy that she died so young. Tragedy struck the family when their son was hit by a car and killed. The whole affair ended in tragedy. Investigators are searching the wreckage of the plane to try to find the cause of the tragedy.
- 2a serious play with a sad ending, especially one in which the main character dies; plays of this type Shakespeare's tragedies Greek tragedy compare comedy
NAmE//ˈtrædʒədi//(pl. tragedies) [countable, uncountable]