tragicomic

adjective

tragi·​com·​ic ˌtra-ji-ˈkä-mik How to pronounce tragicomic (audio)
variants or less commonly tragicomical
1
: of, relating to, or resembling tragicomedy
2
: manifesting both tragic and comic aspects

Examples of tragicomic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web David Zellner’s screenplay mimics the tragicomic rhythm of human lives, attempting to emotionally connect the audiences to this family. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Jan. 2024 What followed was a tragicomic spectacle in which Democrats and their devoted followers wrestled publicly with their own cognitive dissonance as inflation surged. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 In 10 tragicomic stories, Zeineddine explores themes that include identity, generational conflicts, war trauma, migration, sexuality, queerness, home and belonging. Ellen Piligian, Detroit Free Press, 7 Jan. 2024 His dubious paychecks and I.R.S. woes and benders and paternity drama and naked selfies make up a tragicomic monument to human frailty, one that seems out of place even in the hall of ne’er-do-well White House relatives—your Billy Carters, your Roger Clintons. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2023 Bailey’s biography attests to the ways that Roth’s obsessive drive to manipulate became, if not stronger, then at least more desperate in his later years, as the tragicomic aspects of his nature came into relief. Hannah Gold, Harper's Magazine, 3 Nov. 2023 There were a few tragicomic final scenes — a drunken occupier stood in a plaza, firing into the air, until he was confronted. James Verini Paolo Pellegrin, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2023 The film tells the tragicomic tale of how our greatest talents can become our greatest flaws, and how unpredictable our lives can be. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 13 Oct. 2023 Their brand was chaos: live shows that were transcendent or tragicomic depending on the drugs involved; albums that interpolated brilliant Stones-adjacent youth anthems and devastating country weepers with slapdash Kiss covers and improvised jams where no one played their actual instrument. Elizabeth Nelson, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tragicomic was in 1567

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“Tragicomic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tragicomic. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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