Definition for tragedy

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Right now we have a president who turns our tragedies into political weapons.

The skit compares the Death Star’s destruction to the heinous tragedy that befell America nineteen years ago.

From Fortune

The video of Jacob Blake’s shooting feels like a repeat of the same kind of tragedy, showing an officer repeatedly shooting Blake in the back.

From Vox

The pandemic has been an unprecedented event on a truly planetary scale, one that has sadly given people all over the world a unifying human experience through tragedy.

The past few months have taught us once again that the greatest tragedies in the world do not affect everyone equally.

From Quartz

When twelve people are killed by violence, whoever they are, for whatever reason, that is a tragedy and a waste.

It generates tragedy, violence, and a windfall for undertakers.

Yes, publicizing tragedy gets clicks, gets ad revenue, gets notoriety, and can be done for all the wrong reasons.

Does the sending of the message “justify” the tragedy that caused it?

The fate of AirAsia Flight 8501 and the 162 souls on board is a tragedy, but it will not remain a mystery for much longer.

Several pioneers familiar with the facts of the tragedy at the time of its occurrence were also present.

Happening to walk down the Rue Saint Honoré, he had come upon tragedy.

A heaviness as of unguessed tragedy lay upon all three, not only upon Tom.

She had seen little of the tragedy enacted in Meerut; she knew less of its real horrors.

She produced the tragedy of Agnes de Castro in her 17th year, which was followed by several others.


On this page you'll find 69 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to tragedy, such as: adversity, calamity, catastrophe, failure, hardship, and humiliation.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.