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.
Also, tragical.

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

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

2. distressing, pitiful.

1–3. comic. Unabridged
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tragic or tragical (ˈtrædʒɪk, ˈtrædʒɪkəl)
1.  of, relating to, or characteristic of tragedy
2.  mournful or pitiable: a tragic face
tragical or tragical
'tragically or tragical

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Word Origin & History

1540s, "calamitous, disastrous, fatal," shortened from tragical (late 15c.), modeled on L. tragicus, from Gk. tragikos "of or pertaining to tragedy," lit. "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 Gk. hamartia.
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Example sentences
Tragic events sometimes bring out the best in people.
As resources are not unlimited, it leads to tragic overpopulation, conflict and
The warnings were clear, yet the outcome was tragic.
The demonic influence exerted over another human is tragic.
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