Simple Definition of tragedy
: a very bad event that causes great sadness and often involves someone's death
: a very sad, unfortunate, or upsetting situation : something that causes strong feelings of sadness or regret
: a play, movie, etc., that is serious and has a sad ending (such as the death of the main character)
Full Definition of tragedyplural
1a : a medieval narrative poem or tale typically describing the downfall of a great manb : a serious drama typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force (as destiny) and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that elicits pity or terrorc : the literary genre of tragic dramas
3 : tragic quality or element
Examples of tragedy in a sentence
Her son's death was a terrible tragedy.
The situation ended in tragedy when the gunman shot and killed two students.
The biggest tragedy here is that the accident could have easily been prevented.
“Hamlet” is one of Shakespeare's best-known tragedies.
The students are studying Greek tragedy.
an actor who is drawn to tragedy
TRAGEDY Defined for Kids
Definition of tragedy for Students
1 : a disastrous event
2 : a serious play that has a sad or disastrous ending
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