Definition of tragic
- the tragic significance of the atomic bomb
- —H. S. Truman
- the tragic hero
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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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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