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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.
Also, tragical.
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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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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