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.
Recent Examples on the Web But the tragicomedy of Thompson's one brief, whining moment in the political limelight may actually have several valuable lessons to teach. D.j. Tice, Star Tribune, 24 July 2021 The mirth picks up as the storytelling kicks into gear, thanks to Aleichem’s brisk narrative voice and gift for tragicomedy. Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2021 This series impeccably mixes the funny with the tragic in life and in an effort to label it terms such as dramedy, tragicomedy and traumedy have been used. Dana Feldman, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Edward Torres directs this world premiere tragicomedy by Tony Meneses about an estranged family brought back together in the father’s final days. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 May 2021 Sure, there was some residual weirdness, like the ongoing tragicomedy of auditing Maricopa County election results — from a legitimate election that was held in, ahem, November. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2021 The 11-season tragicomedy ended on Sunday night with almost no closure, even as the episodes prior to the finale led viewers to believe everything would more or less wrap up., 12 Apr. 2021 The only guarantee is that Walter’s new tragicomedy about this moment of American history is one of the most captivating novels of the year. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2020 The stampede of the affluent into grim-faced, highly competitive sports has been a tragicomedy of perverse incentives. Ruth S. Barrett, The Atlantic, 17 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of tragicomedy was circa 1580

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28 Jul 2021

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“Tragicomedy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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