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tragic

[traj-ik]
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adjective
  1. characteristic or suggestive of tragedy: tragic solemnity.
  2. extremely mournful, melancholy, or pathetic: a tragic plight.
  3. dreadful, calamitous, disastrous, or fatal: a tragic event.
  4. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of tragedy: the tragic drama.
  5. acting in or writing tragedy: a tragic actor; a tragic poet.
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noun
  1. the tragic, the element or quality of tragedy in literature, art, drama, etc.: lives that had never known anything but the tragic.
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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
Related formstrag·i·cal·ly, adverbtrag·i·cal·ness, nounhy·per·trag·ic, adjectivehy·per·trag·i·cal, adjectivehy·per·trag·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·trag·ic, adjectivenon·trag·i·cal, adjectivenon·trag·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·trag·i·cal·ness, nounqua·si-trag·ic, adjectivequa·si-trag·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·trag·ic, adjectivesu·per·trag·i·cal·ly, adverbun·trag·ic, adjectiveun·trag·i·cal, adjectiveun·trag·i·cal·ly, adverbun·trag·i·cal·ness, noun

Synonyms

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2. distressing, pitiful.

Antonyms

1–3. comic.
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Examples from the Web for tragically

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • Coleridge's blossoming period as a romantic poet was tragically brief.

  • It is an irony that they should so tragically have affected others.

    The Moon and Sixpence

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • But none of them guessed how tragically it would really end.

    Shawl-Straps

    Louisa M. Alcott

  • "I think the patient's dead already," answered Aleck, tragically.

  • "Let me embrace you," cries Cecil, tragically, flinging herself into her arms.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton


British Dictionary definitions for tragically

tragic

less commonly tragical (ˈtrædʒɪkəl)

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of tragedy
  2. mournful or pitiablea tragic face
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Derived Formstragically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for tragically

tragic

adj.

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.

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