tragicomically

tragicomedy

[traj-i-kom-i-dee]
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:
1570–80; < Late Latin tragicōmoedia, syncopated variant of Latin tragicocōmoedia. See tragic, -o-, comedy

tragicomic [traj-i-kom-ik] , tragicomical, adjective
tragicomically, adverb
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tragicomedy (ˌtrædʒɪˈkɒmɪdɪ)
 
n , pl -dies
1.  a.  a drama in which aspects of both tragedy and comedy are found
 b.  the dramatic genre of works of this kind
2.  an event or incident having both comic and tragic aspects
 
[C16: from French, ultimately from Late Latin tragicōmoedia; see tragedy, comedy]
 
tragi'comic
 
adj
 
tragi'comical
 
adj
 
tragi'comically
 
adv

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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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