tragic

[ traj-ik ]
/ ˈtrædʒ ɪk /

adjective

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.

noun

the tragic, the element or quality of tragedy in literature, art, drama, etc.: lives that had never known anything but the tragic.
Sometimes trag·i·cal (for defs 1–3).

Origin of tragic

1535–45; < Latin tragicus < Greek tragikós of tragedy, equivalent to trág(os) goat + -ikos -ic

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tragic

less commonly tragical (ˈtrædʒɪkəl)

/ (ˈtrædʒɪk) /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of tragedy
mournful or pitiablea tragic face

Derived Forms

tragically, adverb
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