from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness, or inability to cope with unfavorable circumstances.
- n. The genre made up of such works.
- n. The art or theory of writing or producing these works.
- n. A play, film, television program, or other narrative work that portrays or depicts calamitous events and has an unhappy but meaningful ending.
- n. A disastrous event, especially one involving distressing loss or injury to life: an expedition that ended in tragedy, with all hands lost at sea.
- n. A tragic aspect or element.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A drama or similar work, in which the main character is brought to ruin or otherwise suffers the extreme consequences of some tragic flaw or weakness of character.
- n. The genre of such works, and the art of producing them.
- n. A disastrous event, especially one involving great loss of life or injury.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A fatal and mournful event; any event in which human lives are lost by human violence, more especially by unauthorized violence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dramatic poem or composition representing an important event or series of events in the life of some person or persons, in which the diction is grave and dignified, the movement impressive and stately, and the catastrophe unhappy; that form of the drama which represents a somber or a pathetic character involved in a situation of extremity or desperation by the force of an unhappy passion.
- n. [capitalized] Tragedy personified, or the Muse of tragedy. See cut under Melpomene.
- n. A fatal event; a dreadful calamity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
- n. drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance; excites terror or pity
The "sealing of fate" turning point in tragedy is distinct enough to be evaluated as a "sealing of fate".
Did you know that the word tragedy comes from the Greek tragoidia, the cry of the goat?
Mr. Putin described the actions by the Western allies in Libya as an "outrageous violation" of a United Nations resolution that had led to what he called a "tragedy."
Some have said that tweeting during a tragedy is akin to fiddling while Rome burns, that it is evidence of a narcissistic soul.
This tragedy is ours: we made it, we own it, and we can stop it.
To call this possibility a tragedy is an unacceptable understatement.
The protagonist of the tragedy is the son of King Laius and Queen Jocasta of Thebes.
Unfortunately this tragedy is the result … of an act by the policeman to fire into the air.
Almost a thousand Palestinian civilians were dead from Israel's recent Blitz on Gaza before Barack Obama interrupted his mantra, that there's only one president at a time, to bemoan what he called a tragedy for both sides.
It might be thought these then represent the only two possible modes, but inside these extremes Rabindra identified two other modes of emplotment, which he called tragedy and comedy.