tragi·​com·​e·​dy | \ ˌtra-ji-ˈkä-mə-dē How to pronounce tragicomedy (audio) \

Definition of tragicomedy

: a drama or a situation blending tragic and comic elements

Examples of tragicomedy in a Sentence

The play is a tragicomedy about a man's search for love.

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The Porters of Hellsgate present this tragicomedy cowritten by Shakespeare and John Fletcher and set in ancient Greece. Matt Cooper,, "SoCal theater listings, July 7-14: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong,’ ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ and more," 5 July 2019 Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die is a gently scathing tragicomedy, set in small-town America. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Dead Don’t Die," 14 June 2019 Applegate, in particular, shines in the tragicomedy about two women who meet in a grief support group and become irrevocably tangled in each other's lives. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 10 best TV shows of 2019 (so far), from 'Shrill' to 'Chernobyl'," 12 June 2019 The Oulipo also comprises a number of subordinate units devoted to other pursuits: Oumupo for music, Oupeinpo for painting, Ougrapo for graphic design, Oupopo for crime fiction, Outrapo for (staged) tragicomedy, and Oubapo for comics. Luc Sante, Harper's magazine, "A Crew of Variegated Weirdos," 10 Jan. 2019 There are three things fashion people love: eccentrics, glamour, and tragicomedy – that perverse play of humor and sadness so loved in the British (and camp) comedy cannon that we Americans can't get enough of., "Why Fashion People Love Cult Film Grey Gardens," 3 July 2018 For Rayside, the tragicomedy has remained a popular story precisely because of its unbelievable elements. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The True Story of “A Very English Scandal” and the Trials of a Closeted Gay Politician," 27 June 2018 Below and beyond the tragicomedy, in this translation from the Spanish by Edith Grossman, Vargas Llosa is pressing a familiar point. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "A Pulpy New Novel and Juiceless Old Essays From Mario Vargas Llosa," 19 Feb. 2018 The Right Brain Project presents Nicky Silver's sprawling 1995 tragicomedy about twin siblings trying to make peace with their past and with each other. Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader, "Raised in Captivity loses its way amid excessive subplots," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of tragicomedy

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tragicomedy

Middle French tragicomedie, from Old Italian tragicomedia, from Old Spanish, from Latin tragicomoedia, from tragicus + comoedia comedy

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English Language Learners Definition of tragicomedy

: a play, movie, situation, etc., that is both sad and funny

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