tragi·​com·​e·​dy ˌtra-ji-ˈkä-mə-dē How to pronounce tragicomedy (audio)
: 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tragicomedy was circa 1580

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“Tragicomedy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a play or situation which blends tragic and comic elements
also tragicomical

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