- 1Causing or characterized by extreme distress or sorrow: the shooting was a tragic accidentMore example sentences
disastrous, calamitous, catastrophic, cataclysmic, devastating, terrible, dreadful, appalling, horrendous, dire, ruinous, gruesome, awful, miserable, wretched, unfortunate; fatal, deadly, mortal, lethaldeplorable, lamentable, regrettable, abject, miserable, wretched, grievous, galling, vexatious
- 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
- 1.1Suffering extreme distress or sorrow: the tragic parents reached the end of their tetherMore 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.
- 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 wayMore 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 comicMore 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.
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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 eitherMore 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!
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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.
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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.
mid 16th century: from French tragique, via Latin from Greek tragikos, from tragos 'goat', but associated with tragōidia (see tragedy).