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tragic

[traj-ik] /ˈtrædʒ ɪk/
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.
6.
the tragic, the element or quality of tragedy in literature, art, drama, etc.:
lives that had never known anything but the tragic.
Also, tragical.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin tragicus < Greek tragikós of tragedy, equivalent to trág(os) goat + -ikos -ic
Related forms
tragically, adverb
tragicalness, noun
hypertragic, adjective
hypertragical, adjective
hypertragically, adverb
nontragic, adjective
nontragical, adjective
nontragically, adverb
nontragicalness, noun
quasi-tragic, adjective
quasi-tragically, adverb
supertragic, adjective
supertragically, adverb
untragic, adjective
untragical, adjective
untragically, adverb
untragicalness, noun
Synonyms
2. distressing, pitiful.
Antonyms
1–3. comic.
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British Dictionary definitions for quasi-tragic

tragic

/ˈtrædʒɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of tragedy
2.
mournful or pitiable: a tragic face
Derived Forms
tragically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for quasi-tragic

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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