tragicomedy

[ traj-i-kom-i-dee ]
/ ˌtrædʒ ɪˈkɒm ɪ di /

noun, plural trag·i·com·e·dies.

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.

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Origin of tragicomedy

1570–80; <Late Latin tragicōmoedia, syncopated variant of Latin tragicocōmoedia.See tragic, -o-, comedy

OTHER WORDS FROM tragicomedy

trag·i·com·ic [traj-i-kom-ik], /ˌtrædʒ ɪˈkɒm ɪk/, trag·i·com·i·cal, adjectivetrag·i·com·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for tragicomedy

tragicomedy
/ (ˌtrædʒɪˈkɒmɪdɪ) /

noun plural -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 of tragicomedy

tragicomic or tragicomical, adjectivetragicomically, adverb

Word Origin for tragicomedy

C16: from French, ultimately from Late Latin tragicōmoedia; see tragedy, comedy
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