noun (plural -dies) Etymology: Middle English tragedie, from Middle French, from Latin tragoedia, from Greek tragōidia, from tragos goat (akin to Greek trōgein to gnaw) + aeidein to sing — more at troglodyte, ode Date: 14th century 1. a. a medieval narrative poem or tale typically describing the downfall of a great man b. a serious drama typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force (as destiny) and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that elicits pity or terror c. the literary genre of tragic dramas 2. a. a disastrous event ; calamity b. misfortune 3. tragic quality or element

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