noun, plural trag·i·com·e·dies.
Origin of tragicomedy
Examples from the Web for tragicomedy
The tragicomedy of U.S. politics is that we really do get the government we deserve.
The Humorous Lieutenant is of that kind,—it is called a tragicomedy by some.Francis Beaumont: Dramatist|Charles Mills Gayley
For a time it is mainly confined to romantic comedy, but it soon enters into tragedy and tragicomedy.Tragedy|Ashley H. Thorndike
Hortensia leant forward, an eager spectator, watching the three actors in this tragicomedy.The Lion's Skin|Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for tragicomedy
noun plural -dies
- a drama in which aspects of both tragedy and comedy are found
- the dramatic genre of works of this kind
Word Origin for tragicomedy
Word Origin and History for tragicomedy
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).