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English Dictionary: tragedy by the DICT Development Group
3 results for tragedy
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
    Synonym(s): calamity, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy, cataclysm
  2. drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance; excites terror or pity
    Antonym(s): comedy
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tragedy \Trag"e*dy\, n.; pl. {Tragedies}. [OE. tragedie, OF.
      tragedie, F. trag[82]die, L. tragoedia, Gr. [?], fr. [?] a
      tragic poet and singer, originally, a goat singer; [?] a goat
      (perhaps akin to [?] to gnaw, nibble, eat, and E. trout) +
      [?] to sing; from the oldest tragedies being exhibited when a
      goat was sacrificed, or because a goat was the prize, or
      because the actors were clothed in goatskins. See {Ode}.]
      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
                     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.
                     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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Drama \Dra"ma\ (?; 277), n. [L. drama, Gr. [?], fr. [?] to do,
      act; cf. Lith. daryti.]
      1. A composition, in prose or poetry, accommodated to action,
            and intended to exhibit a picture of human life, or to
            depict a series of grave or humorous actions of more than
            ordinary interest, tending toward some striking result. It
            is commonly designed to be spoken and represented by
            actors on the stage.
                     A divine pastoral drama in the Song of Solomon.
      2. A series of real events invested with a dramatic unity and
            interest. [bd]The drama of war.[b8] --Thackeray.
                     Westward the course of empire takes its way; The
                     four first acts already past, A fifth shall close
                     the drama with the day; Time's noblest offspring is
                     the last.                                          --Berkeley.
                     The drama and contrivances of God's providence.
      3. Dramatic composition and the literature pertaining to or
            illustrating it; dramatic literature.
      Note: The principal species of the drama are {tragedy} and
               {comedy}; inferior species are {tragi-comedy},
               {melodrama}, {operas}, {burlettas}, and {farces}.
      {The romantic drama}, the kind of drama whose aim is to
            present a tale or history in scenes, and whose plays (like
            those of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and others) are stories
            told in dialogue by actors on the stage. --J. A. Symonds.
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