tragicomic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tragicomic having pathetic as well as ludicrous characteristics "her life...presented itself to me as a tragicomical adventure"--Joseph Conrad"
    • adj tragicomic manifesting both tragic and comic aspects "the tragicomic disparity...between's man's aspirations and his accomplishments"- B.R.Redman"
    • adj tragicomic of or relating to or characteristic of tragicomedy "a playwright specializing in tragicomic drama"
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Usage

In literature:

It is a tragicomic drama in three acts, each winding up with a coup de theatre, always the same and always foreseen.
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 3 (of 6)" by Hippolyte A. Taine
Dame Zudar laughed scornfully at this tragicomical scene.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai
The details of this disgraceful transaction, and the tragicomical events that followed, will form the subject of our next.
"Revolution and Counter-Revolution" by Karl Marx
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In news:

But in our teen-obsessed times, the tragicomic masterpiece has lost none of its relevance.
No motion picture actor so captured and enthralled the world as did Charles Spencer Chaplin, a London ragamuffin who became an immortal artist for his deft and effective humanization of man's tragicomic conflicts with fate.
The book explores the nature of unfulfilled love through the voice of Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character, who tells the tragicomic story of his life.
Northwest Classical Theatre Company collaborates with Willamette Shakespeare to present Shakespeare's tragicomic romance, featuring shipwrecks, pirates, knights, and an epic journey.
In Eliot Spitzer's sex scandal and tragicomic downfall, the question that bugged many people did not have to do with ethics or politics, but whether Spitzer got a raw deal.
Visual Art The Bold and the Beautiful: Garland Gallaspy's Tragicomic Polaroids.
Keaton as Director Has the Right Touch / Superb balancing act in tragicomic film.
Tragicomic musical asks 'Where Do We Go Now?'.
You could also think about it as a tragicomic Cynthia Ozick story.
Police in Serbia banned the march for the second year in a row following a complaint from Patriarch Irinej of the Orthodox Church, who called the event a "tragicomic parade of shame.".
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