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tragedienne (s) (noun)
, tragediennes (pl)
1. An actress of misfortune or who performs in tragic dramas: Sherry was the tragedienne
in theater production of Shakespeare's play "Othello, the Moor of Venice" and acted the role of Desdemona, Othello's wife, absolutely marvelously.
Little Susan was a tragedienne with her mother when she wanted to have the dress which she saw in the store when they were shopping because she thought that she just couldn't live without it!
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2. Etymology: from Greek tragodia, "a dramatic poem or play in formal language and having an unhappy resolution;" from French tragedienne; from tragedie; "tragedy" or "a disastrous event".
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