noun, plural trag·e·dies.
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Origin of tragedy
OTHER WORDS FROM tragedynon·trag·e·dy, noun, plural non·trag·e·dies.pro·trag·e·dy, adjectivesu·per·trag·e·dy, noun, plural su·per·trag·e·dies.
Example sentences from the Web for tragedy
He spoke of the present-day tragedies and turmoil that struck the city while he and his classmates were in the academy.
So there are a few things we can do to try to prevent these tragedies.
Fifty years ago, we were just beginning to learn some important lessons from natural disasters, epidemics, and manmade tragedies.Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction|Sean B. Carroll|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While migrant ship tragedies at sea happen all too often, the latest sinking appears to have been no accident.Hundreds of Migrants are Reported Drowned by Traffickers Near Malta|Barbie Latza Nadeau|September 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Together, they reveal their histories, teaching and learning from the shared tragedies of the past.A Camp Away From Terror: Where Israeli and Palestinian Kids Find Common Ground|Nina Strochlic|August 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The tragedies of Corneille and Racine are forcible and finished, and should be read because classical.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
Our mind is kept more occupied by Corneilles tragedies, but by Racines we are more softened and moved.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre|Jean de La Bruyre
Other plays including tragedies and comedies, famous and not so famous, were acted at the Williamsburg Playhouse.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
What scenes, what tragedies, what comedies, those bright houses and demure little villas concealed.The Daughters of Danaus|Mona Caird
He lived to be ninety years old, and produced the most beautiful of his tragedies in his eightieth year, the "Oedipus at Colonus."Beacon Lights of History, Volume I|John Lord
British Dictionary definitions for tragedy
noun plural -dies
Word Origin for tragedy
Cultural definitions for tragedy
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.