- The definition of tragic is something sad, harmful or fatal.
- An example of something tragic is a tragic accident where all involved died.
- An example of something tragic is a tragic news story about famine.
- of, or having the nature of, tragedy
- like or characteristic of tragedy; bringing great harm, suffering, etc.; calamitous, disastrous, fatal, etc.
- appropriate to the acting of tragedy: in a tragic voice
- writing or acting in tragedy
Origin of tragicClassical Latin tragicus ; from Classical Greek tragikos
- Relating to or characteristic of dramatic tragedy or tragedies: tragic plays; the tragic hero.
- Writing or performing in tragedy: a tragic poet.
- Having the elements of tragedy; involving death, grief, or destruction: a tragic accident.
Origin of tragicLatin tragicus, from Greek tragikos, from tragos, goat.
(comparative more tragic, superlative most tragic)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Ancient Greek Ï„ÏÎ±Î³Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (tragikos, “of or relating to tragedy"), from Ï„ÏÎ¬Î³Î¿Ï‚ (tragos, “male goat"), a reference to the goat-satyrs of the theatrical plays of the Dorians.