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tragic

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adjective trag·ic \ˈtra-jik\

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. 1 :  of, marked by, or expressive of tragedy <the tragic significance of the atomic bomb — H. S. Truman>

  2. 2a :  dealing with or treated in tragedy <the tragic hero>b :  appropriate to or typical of tragedy

  3. 3a :  regrettably serious or unpleasant :  deplorable, lamentable <a tragic mistake>b :  marked by a sense of tragedy

trag·i·cal·ly play \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of tragic

  1. Their deaths were tragic and untimely.

  2. They both died in a tragic car accident.

  3. Romeo and Juliet's tragic love affair.

  4. We saw a tragic play about a man with AIDS.

  5. the tragic characters of her novel



Variants of tragic

also trag·i·cal play \-ji-kəl\

Origin of tragic

Middle English, from Latin tragicus, from Greek tragikos, irregular from tragōidia tragedy


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with tragic



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