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 for tragedy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tragedy \Trag"e*dy\, n.; pl. Tragedies. [OE. tragedie, OF.
     tragedie, F. trag['e]die, L. tragoedia, Gr. ?, fr. ? a tragic
     poet and singer, originally, a goat singer; ? a goat (perhaps
     akin to ? to gnaw, nibble, eat, and E. trout) + ? to sing;
     from the oldest tragedies being exhibited when a goat was
     sacrificed, or because a goat was the prize, or because the
     actors were clothed in goatskins. See Ode.]
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     1. A dramatic poem, composed in elevated style, representing
        a signal action performed by some person or persons, and
        having a fatal issue; that species of drama which
        represents the sad or terrible phases of character and
        life.
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              Tragedy is to say a certain storie,
              As olde bookes maken us memorie,
              Of him that stood in great prosperitee
              And is yfallen out of high degree
              Into misery and endeth wretchedly.    --Chaucer.
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              All our tragedies are of kings and princes. --Jer.
                                                    Taylor.
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              tragedy is poetry in its deepest earnest; comedy is
              poetry in unlimited jest.             --Coleridge.
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     2. A fatal and mournful event; any event in which human lives
        are lost by human violence, more especially by
        unauthorized violence.
        [1913 Webster] Tragic

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Drama \Dra"ma\ (dr[aum]"m[.a] or dr[=a]"m[.a]; 277), n. [L.
     drama, Gr. dra^ma, fr. dra^n to do, act; cf. Lith. daryti.]
     1. A composition, in prose or poetry, accommodated to action,
        and intended to exhibit a picture of human life, or to
        depict a series of grave or humorous actions of more than
        ordinary interest, tending toward some striking result. It
        is commonly designed to be spoken and represented by
        actors on the stage.
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              A divine pastoral drama in the Song of Solomon.
                                                    --Milton.
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     2. A series of real events invested with a dramatic unity and
        interest. "The drama of war." --Thackeray.
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              Westward the course of empire takes its way;
              The four first acts already past,
              A fifth shall close the drama with the day;
              Time's noblest offspring is the last. --Berkeley.
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              The drama and contrivances of God's providence.
                                                    --Sharp.
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     3. Dramatic composition and the literature pertaining to or
        illustrating it; dramatic literature.
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     Note: The principal species of the drama are tragedy and
           comedy; inferior species are tragi-comedy,
           melodrama, operas, burlettas, and farces.
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     The romantic drama, the kind of drama whose aim is to
        present a tale or history in scenes, and whose plays (like
        those of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and others) are stories
        told in dialogue by actors on the stage. --J. A. Symonds.
        Dramatic

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tragedy
      n 1: an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole
           city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the
           earthquake was a disaster" [syn: calamity, catastrophe,
           disaster, tragedy, cataclysm]
      2: drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior
         force or circumstance; excites terror or pity [ant: comedy]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  45 Moby Thesaurus words for "tragedy":
     Aeschylean tragedy, Euripidean tragedy, Greek tragedy, Melpomene,
     Renaissance tragedy, Senecan tragedy, Sophoclean tragedy, accident,
     adversity, blow, buskin, calamity, casualty, cataclysm,
     catastrophe, collision, contretemps, cothurnus, crack-up, crash,
     curse, disaster, dole, domestic tragedy, grief, ill hap, lot,
     misadventure, mischance, misfortune, mishap, nasty blow, pileup,
     revenge tragedy, romantic tragedy, shipwreck, shock, smash,
     smashup, staggering blow, tragic drama, tragic flaw, tragic muse,
     unluckiness, wreck
  
  

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