- Tragedy is defined as something very bad that happens.
An example of tragedy is when a child dies in a fire.
- a serious play or drama typically dealing with the problems of a central character, leading to an unhappy or disastrous ending brought on, as in ancient drama, by fate and a tragic flaw in this character, or, in modern drama, usually by moral weakness, psychological maladjustment, or social pressures
- such plays collectively
- the branch of drama having to do with such plays
- the writing, acting, or theoretical principles of this kind of drama
- a novel or other literary work with similar characteristics
- the tragic element of such a literary work, or of a real event
- a very sad or tragic event or sequence of events; disaster
Origin of tragedyMiddle English tragedie ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin tragoedia ; from Classical Greek tragōidia, tragedy, literally , the song of the goat ; from tragos, goat ( ; from Indo-European an unverified form treg-, to gnaw ; from base an unverified form ter-, to rub, grind from source throw) + ōidē, song (see ode): so named uncertain or unknown; perhaps because of the goatskin dress of the performers, representing satyrs
- a. A drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness, or inability to cope with unfavorable circumstances.b. The genre made up of such works.c. The art or theory of writing or producing these works.
- A play, film, television program, or other narrative work that portrays or depicts calamitous events and has an unhappy but meaningful ending.
- A disastrous event, especially one involving distressing loss or injury to life: an expedition that ended in tragedy, with all hands lost at sea.
- A tragic aspect or element.
Origin of tragedyMiddle English tragedie, from Old French, from Latin tragoedia, from Greek tragōidiā : tragos, goat + aoidē, ōidē, song; see wed-2 in Indo-European roots.