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noun tragedy pronunciation in American English /ˈtrædʒədi/
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pluraltragedies
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a very sad event that causes people to suffer or die
    The trip ended in tragedy.
    prevent/avert a tragedy: The measures were designed to prevent any similar tragedies.
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    1. a.
      [countable] [usually singular] a bad situation that makes people very upset or angry
      It’s a tragedy that so many young people are out of work.
  2. 2
    [countable] literature a play in which people suffer or die, especially one in which the main character dies at the end
    Shakespeare’s tragedies
    1. a.
      [uncountable] theatre plays of this type
      We are studying Greek tragedy.

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