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"tragedy" in British English

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tragedynoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈtrædʒ.ə.di/
B2 a very ​sadevent or ​situation, ​especially one ​involvingdeath or ​suffering: The ​pilotaverted a tragedy when he ​succeeded in ​preventing the ​plane from ​crashing. Hitler's ​invasion of Poland ​led to the tragedy of the Second World War. His ​life was ​touched by ​hardship and personal tragedy. Not ​long after they ​moved, tragedy struck - ​theirson was ​killed in an ​accident. [+ (that)] It's a tragedy (that) so many ​youngpeople are ​unable to ​findjobs. a ​play about ​death or ​suffering with a ​sad end, or this ​type of ​playgenerally: Shakespeare's tragedies ​include "Hamlet", "King Lear", and "Othello". In ​Greek tragedy, the ​role of the ​chorus is to ​express the audience's ​reactions to what is ​happening in the ​play.

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(Definition of tragedy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tragedynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈtrædʒ·ɪ·di/
a very ​sadevent or ​situation, esp. one ​involvingdeath or ​suffering: [U] His ​recklessdriving 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 ​decenteducation. literature In the ​theater, a tragedy is a ​seriousplay that ​ends with the ​death or ​suffering of the ​maincharacter: [C] Shakespeare’s tragedies
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