noun, plural trag·e·dies.
- tragic flaw,
- tragic hero,
- tragic irony,
Origin of tragedy
Examples from the Web for tragedies
So there are a few things we can do to try to prevent these tragedies.
And if this was done as it should be in our country, maybe there would not be tragedies like the tragedy in Moscow today.
Diana, Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Gandhi: all of those were tragedies.
The release of the Newtown photos may finally move enough people to support laws that will prevent future tragedies.
The comparison of two tragedies might also raise a question about international policy toward the Syrian refugees today.Between Two Catastrophes: Look at Syria, and Question Everyone's Stories about 1948|Gershom Gorenberg|September 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If these gloomy walls could speak, what tragedies they could unfold!Memoirs of John R. Young|John Young
This was one of time's tragedies—the dethronement of a dynasty.Louis Philippe|John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Tragedies, plays, and all irreligious expressions and sentiments are sacredly prohibited.The History of Dartmouth College|Baxter Perry Smith
Unto this effect, two men were sent to the President of Panama, who gave him an account of all these tragedies.The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the XVII Century|Clarence Henry Haring
There were boys from Canada, Australia, and England who followed, many of them with tragedies in their past lives.With Our Soldiers in France|Sherwood Eddy
noun plural -dies
Word Origin for 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.