Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A writer of tragedies.
  • noun One who performs tragic roles in the theater.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A writer of tragedies.
  • noun An actor of tragedy; by extension, an actor or player in general.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A writer of tragedy.
  • noun An actor or player in tragedy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An actor who specializes in tragic roles.
  • noun A playwright who writes tragedies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an actor who specializes in tragic roles
  • noun a writer (especially a playwright) who writes tragedies

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek τραγωδός (tragodos, "tragedy singer, tragic poet"), from τράγος (tragos, "male goat") + αοιδός (aoidos, "singer"), a reference to the goat-satyrs of the theatrical plays of the Dorians.

Examples

  • A tragedian is a hard character only on the stage, but the comedian is the comedian always.

    The Idiot

  • Our tragedian was a rough joker off the stage; our prime clown the most peevish mortal living.

    Tales of a Traveller

  • Our tragedian was a rough joker off the stage; our prime clown the most peevish mortal living.

    Tales of a Traveller

  • It is a discussion on the nature of love, taking the form of a group of speeches, both satirical and serious, given by a group of men at a symposium or a wine drinking gathering at the house of the tragedian Agathon at Athens.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • She gives us Sondheim the romantic ("Take the Moment"), Sondheim the trickster (his little known Gershwin homage "More"), Sondheim the tragedian ("Loving You") and Sondheim the showman ("Let Me Entertain You").

    Dizzy's Welcomes an Old Friend

  • Joni Mitchell: In a way, I think I entered straight into my tragedian period, as my work is set against the stupid, destructive way we live on this planet.

    Friday Morning Time Slip « Gerry Canavan

  • "Fascinated with the meeting of memory and language, adept at conjuring states of mind, and haunted by the violence wracking his homeland, Hemon is a stoic tragedian and a brilliant satirist."

    The Question of Bruno by Aleksandar Hemon: Book summary

  • It is a discussion on the nature of love, taking the form of a group of speeches, both satirical and serious, given by a group of men at a symposium or a wine drinking gathering at the house of the tragedian Agathon at Athens.

    Capsule Summaries of the Great Books of the Western World

  • Dan Donohue, who plays the title role in the OSF production of "Hamlet" that I praised in this space last week, doubles as the snobbish headwaiter of "She Loves Me," and he turns out to be as good a comedian as he is a tragedian.

    In Love With 'She Loves Me'

  • The wreck and ruin of the Bush years was the powerful tragedian backdrop to Obama's impassioned shouts to remake America.

    Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Gibbs Need Not Apologize for Blasting the "Professional Left"

Comments

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  • I love this word. Hence the user name.

    November 18, 2007

  • It is a pretty cool word.

    November 18, 2007

  • Does it not also refer to actors who perform said tragedies? The singers of goat songs, as it were?

    November 18, 2007