Definition of tragic in English:

tragic

Line breaks: tra¦gic
Pronunciation: /ˈtradʒɪk
 
/

adjective

1Causing or characterized by extreme distress or sorrow: the shooting was a tragic accident
More example sentences
  • Everyone at the school is extremely shaken and saddened by the tragic accident.
  • It was a tragic accident, but accidents happen in demolition all the time.
  • Three more people died on local roads in the past week in two tragic accidents
Synonyms
disastrous, calamitous, catastrophic, cataclysmic, devastating, terrible, dreadful, appalling, horrendous, dire, ruinous, gruesome, awful, miserable, wretched, unfortunate;
fatal, deadly, mortal, lethal
dreadful, terrible, awful, deplorable, lamentable, regrettable, abject, miserable, wretched, grievous, galling, vexatious
1.1Suffering extreme distress or sorrow: the tragic parents reached the end of their tether
More example sentences
  • The agony goes on for the parents of the tragic four-year-old as doctors remain baffled as to how he died.
  • The tragic lives of parents are never a reason to repeat the tragedy upon their children.
  • The parents of tragic Robbie are celebrating the birth of a baby daughter.
Synonyms
melancholy, doleful, mournful, dejected, despondent, anguished, desolate, dismal, gloomy
1.2 informal Very bad or inadequate: the fact that they are so loved-up reminds me just how spectacularly tragic my life is she wears tragic cardigans, usually done up the wrong way
More example sentences
  • The Bradys sport the same tragic early-seventies quiffs, boast wardrobes packed with polyester flares, and talk in absurd sitcom gagspeak.
  • That reminds me. I'm going out to dinner at Isabella's tomorrow night. See? I'm not so tragic after all.
  • Miss Wilson can't even control her tragic 70s hairdo let alone a class.
2Relating to tragedy in a literary work: the same rules apply whether the plot is tragic or comic
More example sentences
  • 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

Australian /NZ informal Back to top  
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
More example sentences
  • 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!

Origin

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

Derivatives

tragical

adjective
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of tragic in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day oleaginous
Pronunciation: ˌəʊlɪˈadʒɪnəs
adjective
rich in, covered with, or producing oil; oily