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tragedy

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈtrædʒ.ə.di/ us  
B2 a very sad event or situation, especially one involving death or suffering: The pilot averted 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. They had only recently arrived when tragedy struck - their son was killed in a traffic accident. [+ (that)] It's a tragedy (that) so many young people are unable to find jobs. a play about death or suffering with a sad end, or this type of play generally: 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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