Definition of tragedy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    tragedy

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈtrædʒədi//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrædʒədi//
     
    [countable, uncountable](pl. tragedies) Types of play
     
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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. 2 a 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 See related entries: Types of play
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French tragedie, via Latin from Greek tragōidia, apparently from tragos ‘goat’ (the reason remains unexplained) + ōidē ‘song, ode’. Compare with tragic.Extra examples She had seen the tragedy unfold. The closure of the factory is a tragedy for the whole community. Tragedy struck when their 8-year-old daughter was knocked down by a car. We don’t know what caused the tragedy. In Greek tragedy the main character usually identifies himself upon entering the stage. It’s a tragedy that she died so young. Revenge tragedies were very popular in Elizabethan England. The whole affair ended in tragedy. Tragedy struck the family when their three-year-old son was hit by a car and killed.
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