Origin of tragic
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.
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|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Still, I worry that a simple traffic stop could have tragic consequences.
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|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“This is tragic because nobody needs good policing more than poorer neighborhoods with higher crime rates,” Obama said.
There is always more of rainbow than of storm in his skies; their darkest shadow is but a tragic twilight.
Jarvis did not find the story a tragic one, but he listened with an interest that was all his own.The Deemster|Hall Caine
But is it not known by those who look closely upon the world that there is nothing so tragic as the formal?Cumner & South Sea Folk, Complete|Gilbert Parker
There is something so tragic in such a death—a man who had everything to live for!Dorothy and other Italian Stories|Constance Fenimore Woolson
"And she has not forgotten," said Philter, with a tragic air.Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3|Mary Elizabeth Braddon
British Dictionary definitions for tragic
less commonly tragical (ˈtrædʒɪkəl)
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.