tragic

adjective
trag·​ic | \ ˈtra-jik How to pronounce tragic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly tragical \ ˈtra-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce tragical (audio) \

Definition of tragic

1a : regrettably serious or unpleasant : deplorable, lamentable a tragic mistake
b : marked by a sense of tragedy
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 hero
b : appropriate to or typical of tragedy

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Other Words from tragic

tragically \ ˈtra-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce tragically (audio) \ 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
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According to Nicholl, Will threw himself into his studies as a means of distraction after his mother's tragic death. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William Threw Himself Into School as a Distraction When Princess Diana Died," 2 Mar. 2019 Directed by Cooper himself and nominated for eight Oscars this year, the newest A Star Is Born both borrows a bit from each of its predecessors and puts its own spin on the tragic love story. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "What Is 'A Star Is Born' Really About? Here's a Look at All 4 Versions of the Movie," 24 Feb. 2019 An absolutely tragic story for the Okobi family, and all of us. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Mark Zuckerberg became a wartime CEO," 20 Nov. 2018 Based on the 1877 classic of the same name, Anna Karenina tells the tragic story of a married Russian aristocrat and her love affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "15 Sad Movies to Watch on Netflix for When You Need a Good Cry," 28 Aug. 2018 We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of our dear colleague and friend Andrey Privin. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Illinois Man, 24, Dies from Fall at Grand Canyon Just Days Before Starting Career as a Nurse," 10 July 2018 Then there is a tragic love story between Soviet trains - told by a renowned Georgian puppet theatre! Lawrence Elizabeth Knox, Houston Chronicle, "A ‘Cosmic Evening’ with tomorrow’s stars at Texas Music Festival," 6 June 2018 Love and Death in the Sunshine State explores the tragic story of Sabine Musil-Buehler, a woman who was murdered on Florida’s Anna Maria Island in 2008. Joe Fassler, The Atlantic, "What Richard Pryor’s Stand-Up Can Teach Writers," 31 May 2018 Expanding on her 2009 animated short Chrigi, Kofmel relates the tragic true story of her older cousin Christian Wurtenberg, a war reporter with a reckless thirst for adventure. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Chris the Swiss': Film Review | Cannes 2018," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of tragic

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for tragic

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

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tragic

adjective

English Language Learners 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

tragic

adjective
trag·​ic | \ ˈtra-jik How to pronounce tragic (audio) \

Kids Definition of tragic

1 : very unfortunate a tragic mistake
2 : of or relating to tragedy a tragic drama

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