noun, plural trag·i·com·e·dies.
Origin of tragicomedy
Examples from the Web for tragicomic
He has delivered a tragicomic moral blowtorch worthy of Swift.
The tragicomic futility built into these endless rounds of “What if?”The JFK Assassination: The Long Weekend That Never Ended|Malcolm Jones|November 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Yet beneath the gags and one-liners that pepper You Will Meet, a tragicomic pessimism is clearly obvious.
It is a tragicomic drama in three acts, each winding up with a coup de thtre, always the same and always foreseen.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 3 (of 6)|Hippolyte A. Taine
British Dictionary definitions for tragicomic
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 tragicomic
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).