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tragicomedy

[traj-i-kom-i-dee] /ˌtrædʒ ɪˈkɒm ɪ di/
noun, plural tragicomedies.
1.
a dramatic or other literary composition combining elements of both tragedy and comedy.
2.
an incident, or series of incidents, of mixed tragic and comic character.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Late Latin tragicōmoedia, syncopated variant of Latin tragicocōmoedia. See tragic, -o-, comedy
Related forms
tragicomic
[traj-i-kom-ik] /ˌtrædʒ ɪˈkɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
tragicomical, adjective
tragicomically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for tragicomic

tragicomedy

/ˌtrædʒɪˈkɒmɪdɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
  1. a drama in which aspects of both tragedy and comedy are found
  2. the dramatic genre of works of this kind
2.
an event or incident having both comic and tragic aspects
Derived Forms
tragicomic, tragicomical, adjective
tragicomically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from French, ultimately from Late Latin tragicōmoedia; see tragedy, comedy
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Word Origin and History for tragicomic
tragicomedy
1579, from M.Fr. tragicomédie (1545), from It. tragicommedia, from L.L. tragicomoedia (c.325), contraction of tragicocomoedia (Plautus), from tragicus (see tragic) + comoedia (see comedy).
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