noun, plural trag·e·dies.
Origin of tragedy
Examples from the Web for tragedy
When twelve people are killed by violence, whoever they are, for whatever reason, that is a tragedy and a waste.
Does the sending of the message “justify” the tragedy that caused it?Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The fate of AirAsia Flight 8501 and the 162 souls on board is a tragedy, but it will not remain a mystery for much longer.
A senior law enforcement official suggested one early lesson from the tragedy.
In Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy, the self-induced, self-absorbed Greek tragedy of Andrew Lohse.
But the pity of it and the tragedy of it were none the less on that account.The Squire's Daughter|Silas K(itto) Hocking
"Why, to see it all, to enjoy the tragedy," Keidansky answered with swift enthusiasm.Discourses of Keidansky|Bernard G. Richards
At length the tragedy of "Pertharite" appeared, and proved unsuccessful.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)|Isaac D'Israeli
At length the tragedy terminated, the curtain dropped, and the audience began to move about.Afloat And Ashore|James Fenimore Cooper
The closing scene of the fourth act of this tragedy can well be studied as a striking example of Alfieri's power of condensation.Modern Italian Poets|William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for tragedy
noun plural -dies
Word Origin for tragedy
Word Origin and History 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.
Culture 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.