Definition of tragedy
2a : a serious drama typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force (such as destiny) and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that elicits pity or terrorb : the literary genre of tragic dramasc : a medieval narrative poem or tale typically describing the downfall of a great man
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
Recent Examples of tragedy from the Web
Dark Night (July 31) Inspired by the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shooting that took place at a movie theater showing The Dark Knight,Tim Sutton's haunting indie imagines the various personal and social factors that might have led to such a tragedy.
But as Google Ventures partner Ken Norton pointed out in an emotional Twitter thread that went viral Monday, even well-off families like his can face devastating medical tragedies.
A drug addiction, then tragedy: Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler opens up about the death of his son, Brad, and the legacy that remains today.
Less than a month after the tragedy, Randolph has been arrested after her original explanation for her children's deaths unraveled.
Much of the conversation on Thursday focused on comparisons between the House and Senate iterations of the bill, further encrypting the tragedy of the tens of millions of Americans that would lose care.
Today, over 50 artists including Céline Dion, Liam Payne, Rita Ora and more have come together to release a charity single dedicated to the victims of the tragedy.
Since the accident, Eric said that about 50 or 60 family members have come together in light of the tragedy, and the support from friends, family and complete strangers has been tremendous.
This is a Shakespearean tragedy; this is a fall from grace that is both unfortunate and well deserved.
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TRAGEDY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tragedy for English Language Learners
: 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)
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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