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ˈtrædʒ ɪktrag·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tragic, tragicaladjective

    very sad; especially involving grief or death or destruction

    "a tragic face"; "a tragic plight"; "a tragic accident"

  2. tragicadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of tragedy

    "tragic hero"


  1. tragicadjective

    Causing great sadness or suffering.

  2. tragicadjective

    Relating to tragedy in a literary work.

  3. Etymology: From τραγικός, from τράγος, a reference to the goat-satyrs of the theatrical plays of the Dorians.


  1. tragic

    Tragic refers to something that is associated with or characterized by extreme distress, sorrow, or disaster, typically resulting in serious harm or death. It often denotes a terrible or unfortunate event or outcome that evokes a sense of deep sadness or emotional pain. Tragic can also refer to a genre of literature or drama that often involves a noble character facing downfall due to their fatal flaw or a catastrophic event.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tragicadjective

    alt. of Tragical

  2. Tragicnoun

    a writer of tragedy

  3. Tragicnoun

    a tragedy; a tragic drama

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tragic' in Adjectives Frequency: #890

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tragic in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tragic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of tragic in a Sentence

  1. Sylvia Loehrmann:

    It was a Spanish language exchange programme and they were flying home after having what was probably the most wonderful time of their lives, it's so tragic, so sad, so unfathomable.

  2. The IFSC:

    The IFSC's thoughts and prayers are with Luce's family and friends at this tragic time.

  3. United States:

    United States is holding accountable those responsible for Venezuela's tragic decline.

  4. Kurt Vonnegut, "Cold Turkey", In These Times, May 10, 2004:

    There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don't know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president.

  5. Priti Patel:

    We need to ensure that justice is done but obviously that cooperation with this investigation takes place. That is absolutely right. We owe that to the family and obviously this is a terribly tragic case.

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