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tragedy

noun [C/U]  /ˈtrædʒ·ɪ·di/ us  
a very sad event or situation, esp. one involving death or suffering: [U] His reckless driving was bound to end in tragedy. A tragedy is also a situation or result that is bad: [C] It’s a tragedy (that) so many children are unable to get a decent education. literature In the theater, a tragedy is a serious play that ends with the death or suffering of the main character: [C] Shakespeare’s tragedies
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