Two brothers from Calcutta face divergent fates, one tragic and one beholden to that tragedy.
The latter misfortune escalated into tragedy after a 21-year-old landed on a rock in precisely the right way to snap her neck.
The Speaker is the only actor in this Shakespearean tragedy who can force action.
He has every right to jump on the Trayvon Martin tragedy as a classic case of racial injustice.
When the news of the Penn State tragedy broke, I was almost unable to function.
By the summer of 1542 the tragedy of Catherine Howard was over.
He had begun a tragedy of Dion, but made small progress in it.
His story is fraught with energy, with success, with pathos, and with tragedy.
You may say what you please, but there is a tragedy in that door which closed upon her.
He clambered over the hurdles that were placed across, and soon reached the scene of the tragedy.
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.