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noun American English pronunciation: tragedy /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.

    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] theater plays of this type

      We are studying Greek tragedy.

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