noun Etymology: Middle French tragicomedie, from Old Italian tragicomedia, from Old Spanish, from Latin tragicomoedia, from tragicus + comoedia comedy Date: circa 1580 a drama or a situation blending tragic and comic elements

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  • tragicomedy — (n.) 1570s, from M.Fr. tragicomédie (1540s), from It. tragicommedia, from L.L. tragicomoedia (c.325), contraction of tragicocomoedia (Plautus), from tragicus (see TRAGIC (Cf. tragic)) + comoedia (see COMEDY (Cf. comedy)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • tragicomedy — ► NOUN (pl. tragicomedies) ▪ a play or novel containing elements of both comedy and tragedy. DERIVATIVES tragicomic adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • tragicomedy — [traj΄i käm′ə dē] n. pl. tragicomedies [Fr tragicomédie < LL tragicomedia, contr. of L tragicocomoedia: see TRAGIC & COMEDY] 1. a play or other literary work combining tragic and comic elements 2. a situation or incident in life like this… …   English World dictionary

  • Tragicomedy — Literature Major forms Novel · Poem · Drama Short story · Novella Genres Epic  …   Wikipedia

  • tragicomedy — tragicomic /traj i kom ik/, tragicomical, adj. tragicomically, adv. /traj i kom i dee/, n., pl. tragicomedies. 1. a dramatic or other literary composition combining elements of both tragedy and comedy. 2. an incident, or series of incidents, of… …   Universalium

  • tragicomedy — UK [ˌtrædʒɪˈkɒmədɪ] / US [ˌtrædʒɪˈkɑmədɪ] noun [countable] Word forms tragicomedy : singular tragicomedy plural tragicomedies literature a play, story, or situation that is both sad and humorous Derived word: tragicomic UK [ˌtrædʒɪˈkɒmɪk] / US… …   English dictionary

  • tragicomedy — noun A drama that combines elements of tragedy and comedy …   Wiktionary

  • tragicomedy — Synonyms and related words: Thalia, arlequinade, black comedy, broad comedy, burlesque, burletta, camp, comedie bouffe, comedie larmoyante, comedie rosse, comedietta, comedy, comedy ballet, comedy of humors, comedy of ideas, comedy of intrigue,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • tragicomedy — tra|gi|com|e|dy [ˌtrædʒıˈkɔmıdi US ˈka: ] n plural tragicomedies [U and C] a play or a story that is both sad and funny >tragicomic [ˌtrædʒıˈkɔmık US ˈka: ] adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tragicomedy — trag|i|com|e|dy [ ,trædʒi kamədi ] noun count a play, story, or situation that is both sad and humorous ╾ trag|i|com|ic [ ,trædʒi kamık ] adjective …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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