There's a terrible syllogism that tends to follow on tragedies like this: 1.
Yglesias was responding to this post from Erik Loomis, which advocates holding companies responsible for these sorts of tragedies.
And as long as we cannot, these tragedies will continue, seemingly inexplicable—but not really, given our history.
tragedies like the school shooting in Ohio this week deeply sadden her, Germanotta says, adding, “It just feels senseless to me.”
Blankenship has little patience for arguments in favor of increased regulation in the wake of these tragedies.
Life was never so brooded on since man learned to think, as in this cycle of tragedies.
The sermons of Bishop Andrews, and the tragedies of Shakespeare, are full of them.
The horror which this most detestable deed excited throughout France, familiar as it was with crimes and tragedies, was intense.
This play, had it ever been finished, would have been like the other tragedies of the great years.
It is one of the tragedies of language that the great phrases get frayed out with constant use.
late 14c., "play or other serious literary work with an unhappy ending," from Old French tragedie (14c.), from Latin tragedia "a tragedy," from Greek tragodia "a dramatic poem or play in formal language and having an unhappy resolution," apparently literally "goat song," from tragos "goat" + oide "song." The connection may be via satyric drama, from which tragedy later developed, in which actors or singers were dressed in goatskins to represent satyrs. But many other theories have been made (including "singer who competes for a goat as a prize"), and even the "goat" connection is at times questioned. Meaning "any unhappy event, disaster" is from c.1500.
A serious drama in which a central character, the protagonist — usually an important, heroic person — meets with disaster either through some personal fault or through unavoidable circumstances. In most cases, the protagonist's downfall conveys a sense of human dignity in the face of great conflict. Tragedy originated in ancient Greece in the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. In modern times, it achieved excellence with William Shakespeare in such works as Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and Othello. Twentieth-century tragedies include Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, and Murder in the Cathedral, by T. S. Eliot.
Note: Aristotle argued that the proper effect of tragedy is catharsis — the purging of the emotions.
Note: In common usage, disasters of many kinds are called tragedies.