WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
trag•ic /ˈtrædʒɪk/USA pronunciation  also  ˈtrag•i•cal,  adj. 
  1. dreadful, disastrous, or fatal:a tragic accident.
  2. Literatureof or relating to (a) tragedy:the tragic news of the assassination.
trag•i•cal•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
trag•ic  (trajik),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. characteristic or suggestive of tragedy:tragic solemnity.
  2. extremely mournful, melancholy, or pathetic:a tragic plight.
  3. dreadful, calamitous, disastrous, or fatal:a tragic event.
  4. of, pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of tragedy:the tragic drama.
  5. acting in or writing tragedy:a tragic actor; a tragic poet.
  6. the tragic, the element or quality of tragedy in literature, art, drama, etc.:lives that had never known anything but the tragic.
Also, tragi•cal. trag i•cal•ly, adv. 
trag i•cal•ness, n. 
  • Greek tragikós of tragedy, equivalent. to trág(os) goat + -ikos -ic
  • Latin tragicus
  • 1535–45
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged distressing, pitiful.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged –3.comic.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

tragic /ˈtrædʒɪk/, (less commonly)tragical /ˈtrædʒɪkəl/ adj
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of tragedy
  2. mournful or pitiable

ˈtragically adv



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