- 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.
Origin of tragicomedy
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The details of this disgraceful transaction, and the tragicomical events that followed, will form the subject of our next.Revolution and Counter-Revolution
- a drama in which aspects of both tragedy and comedy are found
- the dramatic genre of works of this kind
- an event or incident having both comic and tragic aspects
Word Origin for tragicomedy
C16: from French, ultimately from Late Latin tragicōmoedia; see tragedy, comedy
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