tragedy noun

1 event/situation that causes great sadness

ADJ. absolute, appalling, awful, great, major, real, terrible | family, human, personal, private

VERB + TRAGEDY end in A family's outing ended in tragedy when their boat capsized. | be dogged by, suffer | avert, avoid, prevent

TRAGEDY + VERB happen, occur, strike (sb) Tragedy struck when their 8-year-old daughter was knocked down by a car.

PREP. ~ for sb The closure of the factory is a tragedy for the whole community.

2 serious play with a sad ending

ADJ. classical, Greek, Jacobean, Shakespearean