Definition of tragic
1 : of, marked by, or expressive of tragedy <the tragic significance of the atomic bomb — H. S. Truman>
2a : dealing with or treated in tragedy <the tragic hero>b : 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
Variants of tragic
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
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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