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Trag"e*dy (?), n.; pl. Tragedies (#). [OE. tragedie, OF. tragedie, F. tragédie, L. tragoedia, Gr. &unr_;, fr. &unr_; a tragic poet and singer, originally, a goat singer; &unr_; a goat (perhaps akin to &unr_; to gnaw, nibble, eat, and E. trout) + &unr_; 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.]
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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.
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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.
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All our tragedies are of kings and princes. Jer. Taylor.
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tragedy is poetry in its deepest earnest; comedy is poetry in unlimited jest. Coleridge.
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2. A fatal and mournful event; any event in which human lives are lost by human violence, more especially by unauthorized violence.
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