Definition of Tragicomedy

1. Noun. A dramatic composition involving elements of both tragedy and comedy usually with the tragic predominating.

Generic synonyms: Tragedy
Derivative terms: Tragicomic, Tragicomical, Tragicomical



2. Noun. A comedy with serious elements or overtones.
Exact synonyms: Seriocomedy
Generic synonyms: Comedy
Derivative terms: Tragicomical, Tragicomical

Definition of Tragicomedy

1. n. A kind of drama representing some action in which serious and comic scenes are blended; a composition partaking of the nature both of tragedy and comedy.

Definition of Tragicomedy

1. Noun. A drama that combines elements of tragedy and comedy. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tragicomedy

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tragicomedy

tragematopolists
tragi
tragic
tragic flaw
tragic hero
tragic heroes
tragical
tragicality
tragically
tragicalness
tragick
tragicness
tragicomedian
tragicomedians
tragicomedies
tragicomedy (current term)
tragicomic
tragicomical
tragicomically
tragics
tragicus
tragicus muscle
tragion
tragomaschalia
tragopan
tragopans
tragophonia
tragule
tragules
tragus

Literary usage of Tragicomedy

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1. Literary Criticism from the Elizabethan Dramatists by John Tucker Murray, David Klein, Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin, William Winter, Rosamond Gilder, Felix Emmanuel Schelling, William Dean Howells, Mary Findlater, Jane Helen Findlater, Allan McAulay, William Randolph Hearst (1908)
"XVII tragicomedy AND "ROMANCE" tragicomedy. 'T^HE term tragicomedy in the abstract is a mis- JL nomer, and involves a contradiction; for the dramatic ..."

2. Elizabethan Drama, 1558-1642: A History of the Drama in England from the by Felix Emmanuel Schelling (1908)
"'T^HE term tragicomedy in the abstract is a mis- J_ nomer, and involves a contradiction; for the dramatic conflict between the will of the protagonist , ..."

3. English Literature During the Lifetime of Shakespeare by Felix Emmanuel Schelling (1910)
"... tragicomedy, and that this influence worked to the detriment of Shakespeare's art, destroying especially the strong lines of his characterization and 1 ..."

4. The Works of William H. Prescott by William Hickling Prescott, William Robertson, John Foster Kirk, George Ticknor (1904)
"... much more memorable production is referred to the same author, the tragicomedy of " Celes- tina," or " Calisto and Melibea," as it is frequently called. ..."

5. The Letters of Horace Walpole, Fourth Earl of Orford by Horace Walpole, Peter Cunningham (1891)
"... but nothing passed worth relating ; indeed, the only event since you left London was the tragicomedy that was acted last Saturday at the Opera. ..."

6. A Life of William Shakespeare by Sidney Lee (1916)
"'Cymbeline' and 'The Winter's Tale,' which immediately followed his great tragic efforts, are the best specimens of tragicomedy which literature knows. ..."

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