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1. Relating to or characteristic of dramatic tragedy or tragedies: tragic plays; the tragic hero.
2. Writing or performing in tragedy: a tragic poet.
3. Having the elements of tragedy; involving death, grief, or destruction: a tragic accident.

[Latin tragicus, from Greek tragikos, from tragos, goat, from trōgein, trag-, to munch, nibble (especially of herbivorous animals); probably akin to Armenian aracel, to graze, browse. For the connection of goats to tragedy, see tragedy.]
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(ˈtrædʒɪk) or less commonly


1. (Theatre) of, relating to, or characteristic of tragedy
2. mournful or pitiable: a tragic face.
ˈtragically adv
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(ˈtrædʒ ɪk)

also trag′i•cal,

1. dreadful, calamitous, disastrous, or fatal: a tragic event.
2. extremely mournful, melancholy, or pathetic.
3. pertaining to or characteristic of tragedy: a tragic actor; tragic solemnity.
[1535–45; < Latin tragicus < Greek tragikós of tragedy =trág(os) goat + -ikos -ic]
trag′i•cal•ly, adv.
trag′i•cal•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tragic - very sadtragic - very sad; especially involving grief or death or destruction; "a tragic face"; "a tragic plight"; "a tragic accident"
sad - experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness; "feeling sad because his dog had died"; "Better by far that you should forget and smile / Than that you should remember and be sad"- Christina Rossetti
2.tragic - of or relating to or characteristic of tragedytragic - of or relating to or characteristic of tragedy; "tragic hero"
drama - the literary genre of works intended for the theater
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تراجيدي، مأساويمأساوي، فاجِعمَأْسَاوِيّ
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bi thảm


[ˈtrædʒɪk] ADJ (gen) (Theat) → trágico
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[ˈtrædʒɪk] adj
[incident, event] → tragique
[play, hero] → tragique
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adjtragisch; the tragic and the comic (Theat) → das Tragische und das Komische; tragic actorTragöde m; tragic actressTragödin f
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[ˈtrædʒɪk] adjtragico/a
tragic actor → attore m tragico
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(ˈtrӕdʒədi) plural ˈtragedies noun
1. (a) drama about unfortunate events with a sad outcome. `Hamlet' is one of Shakespeare's tragedies.
2. an unfortunate or sad event. His early death was a great tragedy for his family.
ˈtragic adjective
1. sad; unfortunate. I heard of the tragic death of her son.
2. of tragedy or tragedies. a tragic hero.
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مَأْسَاوِيّ tragický tragisk tragisch τραγικός trágico traaginen tragique tragičan tragico 悲惨な 비극적인 tragisch tragisk tragiczny trágico трагический tragisk น่าสลดใจ trajik bi thảm 悲剧的
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References in classic literature ?
This is what he called "coming to a tragic end." This is what is to be read, on the subject of his dramatic triumphs, in 1483, in the accounts of the "Ordinary:" "To Jehan Marchand and Pierre Gringoire, carpenter and composer, who have made and composed the mystery made at the Chãtelet of Paris, at the entry of Monsieur the Legate, and have ordered the personages, clothed and dressed the same, as in the said mystery was required; and likewise, for having made the scaffoldings thereto necessary; and for this deed,--one hundred livres."
When a comic writer hath made his principal characters as happy as he can, or when a tragic writer hath brought them to the highest pitch of human misery, they both conclude their business to be done, and that their work is come to a period.
He who climbeth on the highest mountains, laugheth at all tragic plays and tragic realities.
On the tragic side were the Miss Bertrams, Henry Crawford, and Mr.
Now as tragic imitation implies persons acting, it necessarily follows, in the first place, that Spectacular equipment will be a part of Tragedy.
Many Theresas have been born who found for themselves no epic life wherein there was a constant unfolding of far-resonant action; perhaps only a life of mistakes, the offspring of a certain spiritual grandeur ill-matched with the meanness of opportunity; perhaps a tragic failure which found no sacred poet and sank unwept into oblivion.
[1276b] say the men are the same, but the city is different: for if a city is a community, it is a community of citizens; but if the mode of government should alter, and become of another sort, it would seem a necessary consequence that the city is not the same; as we regard the tragic chorus as different from the comic, though it may probably consist of the same performers: thus every other community or composition is said to be different if the species of composition is different; as in music the same hands produce different harmony, as the Doric and Phrygian.
The tragic circumstance which strengthened and consecrated their natural community of interest had, one might think, something to do with the far-reaching pensiveness even of their most humorous writing, touching often the deepest springs of pity and awe, as the way of the highest humour is--a way, however, very different from that of the humorists of the eighteenth century.
Nor, will the tragic dramatist who would depict mortal indomitableness in its fullest sweep and direct swing, ever forget a hint, incidentally so important in his art, as the one now alluded to.
The thought of this gives the sharpest pang that the tragic story conveys.
The tragic occurrence of the day was on his mind, and he kept waking and thinking of it.
When asked what he was doing when he was arrested, Pierre replied in a rather tragic manner that he was restoring to its parents a child he had saved from the flames.