Tragi-comedy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tragi-comedy A kind of drama representing some action in which serious and comic scenes are blended; a composition partaking of the nature both of tragedy and comedy. "The noble tragi-comedy of “Measure for Measure.”"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tragi-comedy a dramatic piece in which grave and comic scenes are blended
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. tragicomédie, L. tragicocomoedia,. See Tragic, and Comedy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Lit. 'goat-song,' so called either from the old dramas being exhibited when a goat was sacrificed, or from a goat being the prize, or because the actors were dressed in goat-skins—L. tragœdia—Gr. tragōdiatragos, a he-goat, aoidos, ōdos, a singer—aeidein, adein, to sing.

Usage

In literature:

I am doing a tragi-comedy in two acts, and have got on tolerably; but it will be refused, or worse.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
How that Old World tragi-comedy comes back to me when I talk to New York friends on the subject of these pages!
"The Rural Life Problem of the United States" by Horace Curzon Plunkett
There is the use of tragi-comedy.
"The Critics Versus Shakspere" by Francis A. Smith
Then one of the silly tragi-comedies of life occurred.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Tragi-comedy does not offend the taste of young, so much as of old critics; the transition from grave to gay was happily managed.
"Practical Education, Volume II" by Maria Edgeworth
The essence of piety comes out in this tragi-comedy.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Thus the term "romantic tragi-comedy" may be properly used to describe all the work of the Fourth Period.
"An Introduction to Shakespeare" by H. N. MacCracken
In these tragi-comedies the exorciser represented God, or at any rate the Archangel, overthrowing the dragon.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
On Tuesday, the eighteenth, it was evident to all that the tragi-comedy was drawing to a close.
"Ten Girls from History" by Kate Dickinson Sweetser
And he added some excitements and novelties to keep pace with the thrilling tragi-comedies of Beaumont and Fletcher.
"How Shakspere Came to Write the Tempest" by Rudyard Kipling
The Prisoners: a Tragi-Comedy.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
You would have made a fortune upon the stage in tragi-comedy.
"A Double Knot" by George Manville Fenn
To which is added, The Celebrated Tragi-Comedy, Celestina .
"A Catalogue of Books in English Later than 1700 (Vol 1 of 3)" by Various
The author terms it a tragi-comedy; and this title was violently attacked.
"The Library Magazine of Select Foreign Literature" by Various
Particularly is this true in the mixed forms, tragi-comedy and farce-comedy.
"Dramatic Technique" by George Pierce Baker
The Witch of Edmonton, a tragi-comedy, is his most noted play.
"A Brief Handbook of English Authors" by Oscar Fay Adams
But the tragi-comedy had to be played out.
"Jane Oglander" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
Now we come to the tragi-comedy of the story.
"Fifty Years of Golf" by Horace G. Hutchinson
In this work, tragi-comedy, from an artistic point of view, has achieved perhaps its highest success.
"The Age of Dryden" by Richard Garnett
Saw a tragi-comedy acted in the cockpit, after there had been none of these diversions for many years during the war.
"The Diary of John Evelyn (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Evelyn
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In news:

Tragi-comedy Directed by: Jean-Paul Rappeneau Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Ann Brochet, Vincent Perez, Jacques Weber.
Todd Solondz's "Life During Wartime" Trailer Brings the Tragi -Comedy.
Todd Solondz's "Life During Wartime" Trailer Brings the Tragi-Comedy .
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