Definition of tragic
2 : of, marked by, or expressive of tragedy the tragic significance of the atomic bomb — H. S. Truman
3a : dealing with or treated in tragedy the tragic herob : appropriate to or typical of tragedy
tragicallyplay \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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
Recent Examples of tragic from the Web
Talk with any player who has spent significant time overseas, and the path is a tiring one, which is why this New York Times’ examination of the life and death of Jackson Vroman by David Waldstein is all the more tragic.
The music, particularly its lush, lyrical and finally tragic elements, is expertly arranged for a chamber orchestra which is (awkwardly and unnecessarily) partially visible onstage.
The details surrounding the tragic mob killing of 22-year-old Bakari Henderson last week while traveling in Greece are beginning to fall into place as new surveillance footage of the incident was recently released.
Ethan Bauer email@example.com One piece that was missing from a celebration of hispanic players, though, was recognition of former Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in the first All-Star Game since his tragic death in September.
Almost 20 years after her tragic death, Princess Diana is still a major topic of conversation.
And no part of that maritime history has been more tragic than the July 1915 tale of the SS Eastland, a boat docked in the Chicago River, preparing to take 2,500 people on a Western Electric Company outing to Michigan City, Ind.
But House of Mirth so describes the feeling of being trapped in a time of not wanting to get married but sort of having to, and having one chance out of it and the tragic side of that.
But her tragic story has mirrored that of many Rohingya.
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Origin and Etymology of tragic
Middle English, from Latin tragicus, from Greek tragikos, irregular from tragōidia tragedy
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
TRAGIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tragic for English Language Learners
: 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
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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