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[traj-i-kom-i-dee] /ˌtrædʒ ɪˈkɒm ɪ di/
noun, plural tragicomedies.
a dramatic or other literary composition combining elements of both tragedy and comedy.
an incident, or series of incidents, of mixed tragic and comic character.
Origin of tragicomedy
1570-80; < Late Latin tragicōmoedia, syncopated variant of Latin tragicocōmoedia. See tragic, -o-, comedy
Related forms
[traj-i-kom-ik] /ˌtrædʒ ɪˈkɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
tragicomical, adjective
tragicomically, adverb Unabridged
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  • The details of this disgraceful transaction, and the tragicomical events that followed, will form the subject of our next.

British Dictionary definitions for tragicomical


noun (pl) -dies
  1. a drama in which aspects of both tragedy and comedy are found
  2. the dramatic genre of works of this kind
an event or incident having both comic and tragic aspects
Derived Forms
tragicomic, tragicomical, adjective
tragicomically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from French, ultimately from Late Latin tragicōmoedia; see tragedy, comedy
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Word Origin and History for tragicomical



1570s, from Middle French tragicomédie (1540s), from Italian tragicommedia, from Late Latin tragicomoedia (c.325), contraction of tragicocomoedia (Plautus), from tragicus (see tragic) + comoedia (see comedy).

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