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Etymology

From Ancient Greek τραγωδία (tragodia), epic play, tragedy), from τράγος (tragos), male goat) + ᾠδή (ōidē), song), a reference to the goat-satyrs of the theatrical plays of the Dorians.

Noun

Singular
tragedy

Plural
tragedies

tragedy (tragedies)
  1. 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.
  2. The genre of such works, and the art of producing them.
  3. A disastrous event, especially one involving great loss of life or injury.

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