Definitions

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

  • noun A film, television show, or theatrical work combining elements of tragedy and comedy.
  • noun The genre made up of such works.
  • noun An incident or situation having both comic and tragic elements.

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  • noun A drama that combines elements of tragedy and comedy.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French tragicomédie, from Italian tragicommedia, from Late Latin tragicōmoedia, short for Latin tragicocōmoedia : tragicus, tragic; see tragic + cōmoedia, comedy; see comedy.]

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  • One of the tragicomedies of American education is the tenure system.

    April 2, 2011