Tragic definition

trăjĭk
Writing or performing in tragedy.

A tragic poet.

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Like or characteristic of tragedy; bringing great harm, suffering, etc.; calamitous, disastrous, fatal, etc.
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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.

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Having the elements of tragedy; involving death, grief, or destruction.

A tragic accident.

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Writing or acting in tragedy.
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Relating to or characteristic of dramatic tragedy or tragedies.

Tragic plays; the tragic hero.

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Appropriate to the acting of tragedy.

In a tragic voice.

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Causing great sadness or suffering.
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Relating to tragedy in a literary work.
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(in tabloid newspapers) Involved in a tragedy.
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(obsolete) A writer of tragedy.
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(obsolete) A tragedy; a tragic drama.
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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Of, or having the nature of, tragedy.
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The tragic element in art or life.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tragic
Plural:
tragics

Origin of tragic

  • Latin tragicus from Greek tragikos from tragos goat

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary