- 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 tragic
Within minutes, it seems, of the disclosures of these tragic events, large numbers of people chose a side and stuck to it.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
January 4, 2015
Your death is a tragic bookend to a year touted as the “transgender tipping point.”Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen
January 1, 2015
Still, I worry that a simple traffic stop could have tragic consequences.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
There are plenty of tragic and inspiring choices, but the most obvious legacy Castro will leave behind is the broken family.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
“This is tragic because nobody needs good policing more than poorer neighborhoods with higher crime rates,” Obama said.Darren Wilson Wasn’t Indicted—the System Was
November 25, 2014
These excepted, the only survivors of this tragic scene were Capts.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
And before her, always, she saw the tragic women of the wards.
Now he had a son, and the child's mother looked at him with tragic eyes.
It is tragic how few people ever ‘possess their souls’ before they die.
That is not such a tragic thing as possibly it sounds to you.
less commonly tragical (ˈtrædʒɪkəl)
- of, relating to, or characteristic of tragedy
- mournful or pitiablea tragic face
Word Origin and History for tragic
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.