- characteristic or suggestive of tragedy: tragic solemnity.
- extremely mournful, melancholy, or pathetic: a tragic plight.
- dreadful, calamitous, disastrous, or fatal: a tragic event.
- of, pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of tragedy: the tragic drama.
- acting in or writing tragedy: a tragic actor; a tragic poet.
- the tragic, the element or quality of tragedy in literature, art, drama, etc.: lives that had never known anything but the tragic.
Origin of tragic
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Examples from the Web for tragical
But I am not come yet to the tragical part of my story, and as long as I can laugh I will.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
The morning dawned, and day broke in upon the tragical scene.Beaux and Belles of England
In fact, the strangest, the most horrible and tragical stories were current on the subject.Fruitfulness
They told her in whispers that what she held as tragical was a very simple matter.The Scapegoat
How happy had been the Discovery some few Hours ago, and how Tragical is it now?The Works of Aphra Behn
less commonly tragical (ˈtrædʒɪkəl)
- of, relating to, or characteristic of tragedy
- mournful or pitiablea tragic face
Word Origin and History for tragical
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.