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Tragic: "You take too tragical a view of matters" (John Fowles)."He assumes a sudden look of tragical sobriety" (Scott Turow).

trag′i·cal·ly adv.
trag′i·cal·ness n.
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Adj.1.tragical - very sadtragical - 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
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Acting in song, especially in dialogues, hath an extreme good grace; I say acting, not dancing (for that is a mean and vulgar thing); and the voices of the dialogue would be strong and manly (a base and a tenor; no treble); and the ditty high and tragical; not nice or dainty.
We indulged a melancholy pleasure in reflecting what that great man had achieved for the deliverance of Abyssinia, from the yoke and tyranny of the Moors; the voyages he had undertaken; the battles he had fought; the victories he had won; and the cruel and tragical death he had suffered.
He was sitting one gloomy evening by his window, revolving over the loss of the Tonquin and the fate of her unfortunate crew, and fearing that some equally tragical calamity might have befallen the adventurers across the mountains, when the evening newspaper was brought to him.
But who could know anything of the tragical history that was so soon to follow that winter of 1859-60?
This sudden deluge, therefore, of undoubtedly tragical happenings became almost an embarrassment to them.
Hamilton Fynes on the day when he made his tragical arrival in London; we find too, curiously enough, that you were one of the party with whom Mr.
SHORTLY after breakfast, at which he assisted with a highly tragical countenance, John sought his father where he sat, presumably in religious meditation, on the Sabbath mornings.
One day she was pink and flawless; another pale and tragical. When she was pink she was feeling less then when pale; her more perfect beauty accorded with her less elevated mood; her more intense mood with her less perfect beauty.
Unlike 'Gorboduc,' these other university plays were not only for the most part crude and coarse in the same manner as earlier English plays, but in accordance also with the native English tradition and in violent defiance of the classical principle of Unity, they generally combined tragical classical stories with realistic scenes of English comedy (somewhat later with Italian stories).
Marlowe followed them with 'The Tragical History of Dr.
In that position I could easily have my way with him, and as the habit of tragical adventures had worn off almost all my terror for the dead, I took him by the waist as if he had been a sack of bran and with one good heave, tumbled him overboard.
( Christopher Marlowe was a playwright previously best known for his works "Hero and Leander," "Edward the Second" and "The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus." Marlowe died at just 29 in a bar fight in 1593.