Tate Taylor: That was a very long and tragic day for the Aibileen character.
How tragic that one of her last acts as principal will reward someone who epitomizes that cowardice.
Mothers who kill their children are a tragic and yet perennial news sensation.
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.