Trag·e·dy n.; pl. Tragedies
1. A dramatic poem, composed in elevated style, representing a signal action performed by some person or persons, and having a fatal issue; that species of drama which represents the sad or terrible phases of character and life.
Tragedy is to say a certain storie,
As olde bookes maken us memorie,
Of him that stood in great prosperitee
And is yfallen out of high degree
Into misery and endeth wretchedly. --Chaucer.
All our tragedies are of kings and princes. --Jer. Taylor.
tragedy is poetry in its deepest earnest; comedy is poetry in unlimited jest. --Coleridge.
2. A fatal and mournful event; any event in which human lives are lost by human violence, more especially by unauthorized violence.
n 1: an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole
city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the
earthquake was a disaster" [syn: calamity, catastrophe,
2: drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior
force or circumstance; excites terror or pity [ant: comedy]