a play or other literary work that contains elements of both tragedy and comedy. a play that initially progresses as a tragedy but, because of the turn of events, ends as a comedy, as Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.
a play combining elements of tragedy and comedy. Example: "The White Whore and the Bit Player," a tragicomedy by Tom Eyen, 2f.
A play that begins as a tragedy but includes comic elements and ends happily. Tragicomedy was a popular genre in the eighteenth century but is rarely employed, at least under that name, in the modern theatre.