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
Neither the man who really existed, nor the fictionalized tragic hero of the Lost Cause, are heroes worthy of a statue in a place of honor.
The toddler who died Friday night after being pulled from a lake in Montgomery County was identified Saturday, and authorities described his death as a tragic accident.
Tragic enough, but he was supposed to be on a business trip to Kansas.
Conspiracy theories, a murder mystery and a central figure who’s either a tragic hero or clever villain combine into what would be a mostly engaging documentary.
Surely the most tragic person who ever lived was Judas, who was blinded by greed and betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of silver.
Guest curator is meteorologist Bryan Norcross, who was instrumental in helping guide victims through this tragic event.
The doomed couple (played by Clara Rugaard and Lucien Laviscount) are around long enough to wed in secret and meet their tragic fates.
This leads to the show’s over-the-top, and then over-the-over-the-top, tragic ending.
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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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