Simple Definition of tragic
: causing strong feelings of sadness usually because someone has died in a way that seems very shocking, unfair, etc.
: involving very sad or serious topics : of or relating to tragedy
Full Definition of tragic
1 : of, marked by, or expressive of tragedy <the tragic significance of the atomic bomb — H. S. Truman>
2a : dealing with or treated in tragedy <the tragic hero>b : appropriate to or typical of tragedy
Examples of tragic in a sentence
Their deaths were tragic and untimely.
They both died in a tragic car accident.
Romeo and Juliet's tragic love affair.
We saw a tragic play about a man with AIDS.
the tragic characters of her novel
Variants of tragic
Origin of tragic
Middle English, from Latin tragicus, from Greek tragikos, irregular from tragōidia tragedy
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with tragic
TRAGIC Defined for Kids
Definition of tragic for Students
1 : very unfortunate <a tragic mistake>
2 : of or relating to tragedy <a tragic drama>
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