• WordNet 3.6
    • n tragedian an actor who specializes in tragic roles
    • n tragedian a writer (especially a playwright) who writes tragedies
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tragedian A writer of tragedy. "Thence what the lofty, grave, tragedians taught."
    • Tragedian An actor or player in tragedy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tragedian A writer of tragedies.
    • n tragedian An actor of tragedy; by extension, an actor or player in general.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tragedian an actor of tragedy:—fem. Tragē′dienne
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. tragédien,
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.


In literature:

They have had our tragedians, good, bad, and indifferent.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864" by Various
At length, about 470 B.C., AEschylus, the great tragedian, made his debut as actor and author, and placed three speakers upon the stage.
"A Popular History of the Art of Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
BOOTH, the tragedian, had a broken nose.
"The Jest Book" by Mark Lemon
I ought to tell you that John Philip Kemble, the great tragedian, is buried two miles from this place.
"Young Americans Abroad" by Various
He fainted in the pit of a theatre to the bribe of an emotional tragedian (a guinea).
"Better Dead" by J. M. Barrie
The writings of the tragedians show what might be made of the myths by great poets.
"The Idea of God in Early Religions" by F. B. Jevons
MR. OSBALDISTON, the well-known tragedian and theatrical manager, died at his residence, near London, on the 29th December.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851" by Various
The text and the canon of Homer, Plato, Aristotle, and the tragedians had to be decided.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
But in his mode of treating these subjects, he approaches more nearly to the tragedians of antiquity.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 363, January, 1846" by Various
Under the spell of these performers, I wrote a series of studies of the tragedian in his greatest roles.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland

In poetry:

"Forgive me, if you can,
O great Tragedian!
I own it with a sigh -
You're drearier than I!"
"The Reverend Micah Sowls" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"I thought MY gait ridiculous," said he -
"MY elocution faulty as could be;
I thought I mumbled on a matchless plan -
I had not seen our great Tragedian!
"The Reverend Micah Sowls" by William Schwenck Gilbert
ALL. We go to earth, contemptible tragedians,
We hear his curse, before he sets us free,
We shall all be eminent tragedians,
Whom no one ever, ever goes to see.
"Thespis: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The Gordon boys were there looking solemn and serene,
Also Sir Henry Ponsonby to represent the Queen;
Likewise Henry Irving, the great tragedian,
With a solemn aspect, and driving his brougham.
"Death and Burial of Lord Tennyson" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Shakespeare casts a long shadow, particularly over the decadent sex-and-death-obsessed tragedians who flourished in the years after he died and before the Puritans finally shut down the theaters (because of all the sex and death).
Despite being written by the most modern of the Greek tragedians, Euripides' "The Trojan Women" might be the hardest of the classic tragedies to stage.