- an actor especially noted for performing tragic roles.
- a writer of tragedy.
Origin of tragedian
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Examples from the Web for tragedian
Nobody else can touch her as a satirist, tragedian, and dissector of human behavior.Maggie O’Farrell’s Book Bag: 5 Favorite Irish Writers
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He was the first tragedian of the Comdie, and the most uncouth man in France or anywhere else.
It had been let to the tragedian Barrett, who was to appear six days after me.
I admire also Sophocles as a tragedian, Polycleitus as a sculptor, and Zeuxis as a painter.The Memorabilia
The tragedian, then, idealises, because he starts from within.
At this point, Maxwell, the tragedian from Marlboro, obtained the floor.
feminine tragedienne (trəˌdʒiːdɪˈɛn)
- an actor who specializes in tragic roles
- a writer of tragedy
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Word Origin and History for tragedian
"writer of tragedies," late 14c., from Old French tragediane (Modern French tragédien), from tragedie (see tragedy). Another word for this was tragician (mid-15c.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper