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,Chaucer.
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.
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.
Trag"ic*al(?), } a. [L. tragicus, Gr.: cf. F. tragique.] 1. Of or pertaining to tragedy; of the nature or character of tragedy; as, a tragic poem; a tragic play or representation.
2. Fatal to life; mournful; terrible; calamitous; as, the
tragic scenes of the French revolution.
3. Mournful; expressive of tragedy, the loss of life, or of sorrow.
Why look you still so stern and tragical ?Shak.
adv. -- Trag"ic*al*ness,
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