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tragedian

[truh-jee-dee-uh n] /trəˈdʒi di ən/
noun
1.
an actor especially noted for performing tragic roles.
2.
a writer of tragedy.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; tragedy + -an; replacing Middle English tragedien < Middle French
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  • But the comedian and the tragedian lived within the same surprisingly delicate skin.
  • In fact he is better as a comedian than as a tragedian.
British Dictionary definitions for tragedian

tragedian

/trəˈdʒiːdɪən/
noun
1.
an actor who specializes in tragic roles
2.
a writer of tragedy
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Word Origin and History for tragedian
n.

"writer of tragedies," late 14c., from Old French tragediane (Modern French tragédien), from tragedie (see tragedy). Another word for this was tragician (mid-15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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