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[traj-ik] /ˈtrædʒ ɪk/
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.
Origin of tragic
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
2. distressing, pitiful.
1–3. comic. Unabridged
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  • He spread two trembling hands and tragically announced, "I'm ruined."

    Destiny Charles Neville Buck
  • The dying man opened his eyes and looked at Rodwell sadly and tragically.

    A Handful of Stars Frank W. Boreham
  • By what ways, ludicrous and tragically comic, this sentimental progression was achieved is here set down in reverent reminiscence.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
  • “We shall think her lovely in another week,” said Mellicent tragically.

    About Peggy Saville Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  • Did she not owe it to him to let him know that a reward—though such a tragically belated one—had at last come to him?

    Paths of Judgement Anne Douglas Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for tragically


of, relating to, or characteristic of tragedy
mournful or pitiable: a tragic face
Derived Forms
tragically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for tragically



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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