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Definition of tragedy noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. tragedies) [countable, uncountable]
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  1. 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.
  2. 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
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