Two brothers from Calcutta face divergent fates, one tragic and one beholden to that tragedy.
How tragic that one of her last acts as principal will reward someone who epitomizes that cowardice.
A tragic death interrupts their annual ritual, but years later the remaining summer core come together.
Mothers who kill their children are a tragic and yet perennial news sensation.
The present confrontation over the War Powers Act requires Congress to rethink some tragic events of the past decade.
For a moment there was silence, for the joke had taken a tragic turn.
The crowd that watched the tragic situation had not known, but he knew and it was enough.
To go there at all was perhaps unwise; to go in September was for him a tragic mistake.
Here they witnessed one of the most tragic spectacles of savage life.
The tragic motive is thus, we observe, deprived of its point.
1540s, "calamitous, disastrous, fatal," shortened from tragical (late 15c.), modeled on Latin tragicus, from Greek tragikos "of or pertaining to tragedy," literally "of or pertaining to a goat," and probably referring to a satyr impersonated by a goat singer or satyric actor (see tragedy). Tragic flaw (1913) translates Greek hamartia.