Definition of tragic in English:

tragic

Line breaks: tra¦gic
Pronunciation: /ˈtradʒɪk
 
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adjective

  • 2Relating to tragedy in a literary work: the same rules apply whether the plot is tragic or comic
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    • The Play of King Lear is a great tragic play that many tragedies try to compare to.
    • Then again, it's a theme of war films to make tragedies all the more tragic, isn't it?
    • He was the icon in an era of icons, but like Shakespeare's tragic heroes his fatal flaws cut short a certain glittering career.

noun

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  • A boring or socially inept person, typically having an obsessive and solitary interest: at school she’s not a complete tragic, but she’s not exactly popular either
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    • It's like being ambushed by a rugby tragic who can recite meaningless statistics and All Blacks anecdotes with all the subtlety of a rolling maul.
    • This reassured me somewhat though it also made me feel like a tragic since I would never ever have thought it was acceptable to bring a book to the pub.
    • The action starts at 2 pm, and as a political tragic, I can hardly wait!

Derivatives

tragical

adjective
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  • In Chapter Six, Johnny meets Belladonna and loses her again, in tragical circumstances.
  • One of the things which I've learned from it all, from this - it's amazing how some - such a tragical experience can bring so much love and so much - can teach you so much.
  • In this sense, Shylock is a tragical figure instead of a comical one, because he has to make a difficult decision, either result of which will hurt himself.

tragically

adverb
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  • The truth of his statement was tragically demonstrated during the 1998 race.
  • As was tragically the case with one young boy recently who ate peanut butter, allergies can be fatal.
  • This Hampshire home will sparkle more than ever this year in honour of a woman whose life was cut tragically short.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French tragique, via Latin from Greek tragikos, from tragos 'goat', but associated with tragōidia (see tragedy).

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