What is the proper adjective that describes a situation that is so depressing that it can make you laugh as well?

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    Please edit your question in accordance with the guidelines for single word requests. You should give an example sentence, describe any additional nuances of meaning that you want the requested word to have, and explain any research you have done (are there any verbs you have already considered, but discarded? Did you check a thesaurus?).
    – herisson
    Jul 16, 2016 at 19:44
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    possible duplicate: english.stackexchange.com/questions/128934/… english.stackexchange.com/questions/55839/…
    – user180089
    Jul 16, 2016 at 20:09
  • Vote to close because of two possible duplicates which the OP should check out and then modify his Q from what he learns from them. We now have 3 Qs with overlapping answers, none of which really click.
    – ab2
    Jul 17, 2016 at 2:12

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The word I would use would be "tragicomic" or "tragicomical." Both are adjectives that describe the combined elements of tragedy and comedy.


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