A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Traged(i)e, Trygidie, n. Also: tragedy, -eddie, -id(i)e, -œdie, trigidy, -idé. [ME and e.m.E. tragedye, tregedy (both Chaucer), tragedie, tragid(i)e (all Lydgate), tragedy (1509), tragoedie (1531), OF tragedie, tregedie, L. tragœdia.]
1. A literary work, story, play or poem with a disastrous or sorrowful outcome, or dealing with disastrous or sorrowful events.
Ane doolie sessoun to ane cairfull dyte Suld correspond … Richt sa it wes quhen I began to wryte This tragedie; Henr. Test. Cress. 4.
That scorpioun fell [sc. Death] hes done infek Maister Johne Clerk and James Afflek Fra balat making and trigide [M. tragidie]; Dunb. (OUP) 179/59.
I neuer red, in tragidie [Pitsc. I 278/15, trageddie] nor storie, At one iornaye so mony nobyllis slane; Lynd. Test. Pap. 518.
Heir follouis the Tragedie, of the Umquhyle maist Reuerand Father Dauid … Cardinall, and archibyschope of Sanctandrous; Lynd. Trag. Card. title.
To put in wryte My tragedie, as I haue done indyte; Lynd. Trag. Card. 434.
To prent ony bukis ballattis sangis blasphematiounis rymes or tragedeis outher in Latine or Inglis toung; 1551–2 Acts II 489/1.
Quhen the playar of a tragedie præsentis the persoun of a preist, or of a king [etc.]; Winȝet II 42/9.
Ane tragedie in forme of ane diallog; 1570 Sat. P. x heading.
The hie scoles tragedies to be maid be the bairnis agane the kingis heir cuming; 1579 Edinb. B. Rec. IV 115.
This James had a good gift of poesie and made diverse comedeis and tragedeis in the Scotish tongue; Calderwood I 142.
2. fig. A sequence of events or a process involving disastrous or sorrowful happenings or circumstances or coming to a disastrous or sorrowful conclusion.
Chiefly with allusion to real events recounted in literary works or comparing real events to the action of a play.
(a) In thar bukis thai teich a tragedy, that schawis in this waurldly plesaunce … in the begynnyng gret plesaunce … and in the ende al manere of sorow; Irland Mir. I 164/22.
Sen I suld thy [sc. Dido's] tragedy [Sm. trigidy] endyte; Doug. iv Prol. 264.
Quhat wikkytnes … now in warld walkis … Of tratlys and tragedyis [Sm. tragedeis] the text of all talk is; Doug. viii Prol. 83.
Alexander … was poysonit … Julius … Murdreist … quhat nedith proces more? Quhose tragideis war pietie tyll deplore; Lynd. Trag. Card. 14.
And as for his enemeis, scho had appointit thame to be bot lukeris on, and not part playeris in this tragedie; Buch. Detect. (1727) 71.
Ane multitude of people assembled … to behold the infortunate tragedie of this my wretchit lyfe; Bann. Trans. 41.
Gif men had … contented … them selfes with the names … Christ himselfe had given to this sacrament, I am assured nane of thir tragedies, nor great stormes and debaites … had fallen out; R. Bruce Serm. 70.
[Nero's] haill lyfe uas all but ane tragœdie; James VI Basil. Doron 198/3.
Quhair thay crowned thair tragidie with so boutcherlie mangling … the puir gentill-man; 1616 Crim. Trials III 401.
(b) Bot actioun is nane sa intoxicat, As in thare talking trygidies can tell; Contempl. Sinn. 183 (Harl.).
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