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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Carrie Fisher’s tragic death in 2016 changed Disney’s plans for the conclusion of this trilogy in major ways. John Gilpatrick, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the Future of Star Wars," 10 May 2019 Woodard’s tragic tale was one of several high-profile incidents of Southern racial violence against African-Americans who had recently returned from World War II. Joseph Crespino, WSJ, "‘Unexampled Courage’ Review: Showing America the Way," 18 Jan. 2019 Thousands of fans gathered at the BB&T Center in Sunrise to attend the memorial for XXXTentacion on Wednesday, mourning the tragic death of the 20-year-old rapper. Brett Clarkson, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Tears and tributes as XXXTentacion's fans turn out at the BB&T Center for his viewing," 27 June 2018 Kumiko was a wonderful transmutation of movie myth, a tragic tale that had real pathos while still exulting in the surrealism of Kumiko’s quest. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Damsel Is a One-Note Satire of Classic Westerns," 23 June 2018 Some quick thinking on the part of Oklahoma Game Warden Ryan Walker helped turn a tragic tale of a mama doe around over the weekend. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Hero Oklahoma Game Warden Rushes to Save Unborn Fawn After Mother Was Hit by Car," 11 June 2018 Cliveden was never in short supply of tragic tales. Keith Flanagan, Town & Country, "Inside Cliveden House, the Hotel Where Meghan Markle Will Spend the Night Before Her Wedding," 14 May 2018 This would be exceptionally tragic, given how hard Dany has worked to free herself from the history of her crazy family and the (many seasons of boring) effort to rule wisely, instead of just with fire. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Will Daenerys Turn Evil on 'Game of Thrones? Let's Dig Deep Into This Theory," 19 Apr. 2019 And that’s tragic, as philanthropy remains a way to do extraordinary good. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "It’s surprisingly hard to give away billions of dollars," 11 Dec. 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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