tragedy: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (traj'i-dē), [key]
— pl. -dies.
- a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction.
- the branch of the drama that is concerned with this form of composition.
- the art and theory of writing and producing tragedies.
- any literary composition, as a novel, dealing with a somber theme carried to a tragic conclusion.
- the tragic element of drama, of literature generally, or of life.
- a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster: the tragedy of war.
- tragedy (Thesaurus)