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terrible tragedy, tragedy

Redundancies are words that unnecessarily repeat information. Because a tragedy can refer only to a calamity, the modifier terrible in the familiar expression terrible tragedy is redundant.

  • The large number of anti-personnel mines in developing countries is a tragedy (not terrible tragedy) for humanity.