- 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)
- Causing great sadness or suffering.
- Relating to tragedy in a literary work.
- (in tabloid newspapers) Involved in a tragedy.
- 2008, Search for tragic Madeleine McCann over (in The Daily Telegraph of Australia, 14 February 2008) 
- 2012, Gary Meneely, Keano’s tribute to tragic James (in The Irish Sun, 25 June 2012) 
From Ancient Greek τραγικός (tragikos, “of or relating to tragedy”), from τράγος (tragos, “male goat”), a reference to the goat-satyrs of the theatrical plays of the Dorians.