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.
- Sometimes trag·i·cal (for defs. 1-3) .
- trag·i·cal·ly, adverb
- trag·i·cal·ness, noun
- hy·per·trag·ic, adjective
- hy·per·trag·i·cal, adjective
- hy·per·trag·i·cal·ly, adverb
- non·trag·ic, adjective
- non·trag·i·cal, adjective
- non·trag·i·cal·ly, adverb
- non·trag·i·cal·ness, noun
- quasi-tragic, adjective
- qua·si-trag·i·cal·ly, adverb
- su·per·trag·ic, adjective
- su·per·trag·i·cal·ly, adverb
- un·trag·ic, adjective
- un·trag·i·cal, adjective
- un·trag·i·cal·ly, adverb
- un·trag·i·cal·ness, noun
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How to use tragic in a sentence
The shooting of Eric Sopp was tragic, but justified under these circumstances.Mother of unarmed man killed by Baltimore County police officer files federal suit | Tom Jackman | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
The most tragic injury of the NFL season — so far — had to be the one Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered Sunday against the New York Giants.The NFC East Is Historically Bad. How Much Worse Can It Get? | Neil Paine (email@example.com) | October 15, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
These tragic stats are the latest indicators that the US has not effectively controlled the virus.
California’s housing dysfunction has been thrown into really tragic, stark relief for the last couple of months.California Will Keep Burning. But Housing Policy Is Making It Worse. | by Elizabeth Weil and Mollie Simon | October 2, 2020 | ProPublica
While Dinah and her tragic life are the focus, the novel’s heart is her relationship with her four mothers, Jacob’s four wives.
Otis, who tells me he was called “Saladin” on the inside, has taken an almost tragically circuitous route in getting here.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside | Justin Rohrlich | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Tragically, Cary did not live to complete the second volume, and in 2000 I began work in earnest on this book.
Her abusive husband tormented their toddler to drive Walters crazy without lifting a finger—and it tragically worked.
Truly, and tragically, this not-so-secret war between Russia and Ukraine is getting crazier all the time.Russia Lies About Invading Ukraine as It Invades Ukraine | Anna Nemtsova | August 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Tragically, she developed severe postpartum depression, crippling her with near-psychotic ruminations, anger, and guilt.Postpartum Stigma: Why My Patient Committed Suicide | Jean Kim | August 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The women especially looked tragically at their neighbours with very wide-open eyes.Hilda | Sarah Jeanette Duncan
Of course the youngster would protest wildly at this, and so not infrequently the demonstration would end tragically.Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
With sputter and crackle a blaze started, showing Wilson standing tragically, his arms out, facing the black shadows.The Man of the Forest | Zane Grey
To Mrs. Germain it was all preposterous; if she had owned the humorous sense it would have been tragically absurd.Rest Harrow | Maurice Hewlett
For better or for worse, our destinies have been tragically intertwined,—how tragically, I alone know.The Wasted Generation | Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for tragic
of, relating to, or characteristic of tragedy
mournful or pitiable: a tragic face
- tragically, adverb
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