tragic

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adjective trag·ic \ˈtra-jik\
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tragical

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Definition of tragic

  1. 1a :  regrettably serious or unpleasant :  deplorable, lamentable a tragic mistakeb :  marked by a sense of tragedy

  2. 2 :  of, marked by, or expressive of tragedy the tragic significance of the atomic bomb — H. S. Truman

  3. 3a :  dealing with or treated in tragedy the tragic herob :  appropriate to or typical of tragedy

tragically

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Examples of tragic in a sentence

  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

Origin and Etymology of tragic

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


First Known Use: 15th century


TRAGIC Defined for English Language Learners

tragic

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adjective trag·ic \ˈtra-jik\

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

tragic

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adjective trag·ic \ˈtra-jik\

Definition of tragic for Students

  1. 1 :  very unfortunate a tragic mistake

  2. 2 :  of or relating to tragedy a tragic drama



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