Definition of tragic in English:

tragic

adjective

  • 1Causing or characterized by extreme distress or sorrow.

    ‘the shooting was a tragic accident’
    • ‘Hampshire police have described the incident as a tragic accident.’
    • ‘Police are treating the death as a tragic accident and the coroner has been informed.’
    • ‘It could have been a tragic accident, or there could have been third party involvement.’
    • ‘A young boy has died in a tragic accident after he was pulled unconscious from a swimming pool.’
    • ‘It was also apparent that an early morning tragic road accident in Monasterevin was to delay its progress.’
    • ‘There have been a couple of tragic accident deaths over the weekend, and the congestion is bad on a daily basis.’
    • ‘There was no evidence it was anything but a very tragic accident.’
    • ‘They have warned those looking after children to keep them away from garages and factory sites before there is a tragic accident.’
    • ‘An explosion which killed a retired couple at their home was a tragic accident, an inquest heard yesterday.’
    • ‘Safety rules for school trips are to be tightened up in a bid to reduce the potential for tragic accidents.’
    • ‘It was a tragic accident, and in the U.S., no matter how tragic, most accidents are not crimes.’
    • ‘Nothing they told us suggests that this was anything other than a tragic accident.’
    • ‘In the past three years, eight young people from the general area have lost their lives in tragic accidents.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘It was there that he had a tragic accident with a saw in which he lost his left hand.’
    • ‘Their deaths are so tragic that several minutes are spent on their horror.’
    • ‘This is a plea to all bar owners and councillors to help make Bolton a place to be proud of and to prevent these tragic accidents happening.’
    • ‘Early today, they did not believe there were any suspicious circumstances and said they thought it was a tragic accident.’
    • ‘Everyone at the school is extremely shaken and saddened by the tragic accident.’
    disastrous, calamitous, catastrophic, cataclysmic, devastating, terrible, dreadful, appalling, horrendous, dire, ruinous, gruesome, awful, miserable, wretched, unfortunate
    dreadful, terrible, awful, deplorable, lamentable, regrettable, abject, miserable, wretched, grievous, galling, vexatious
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    1. 1.1 Suffering extreme distress or sorrow.
      ‘the tragic parents reached the end of their tether’
      • ‘The parents of tragic Robbie are celebrating the birth of a baby daughter.’
      • ‘The devastated parents of a tragic two-year-old girl who died after choking told of their heartache last night.’
      • ‘The tragic lives of parents are never a reason to repeat the tragedy upon their children.’
      • ‘Most shamefully of all, she hid behind the tragic parents of the girl, who she exploited.’
      • ‘His later years were miserable and tragic: he was put in jail and died poor in 1968.’
      • ‘The Left in two of its three forms in the UK is suffering badly from this whole tragic mess.’
      • ‘If a happy state of things, surprising; if miserable or tragic, no worse than what we invent.’
      • ‘The sister is married and living in the same apartment where her tragic parents once resided.’
      • ‘Also the killing of these animals is only the last atrocity that they have to suffer throughout their short, tragic lives.’
      • ‘The agony goes on for the parents of the tragic four-year-old as doctors remain baffled as to how he died.’
      sad, unhappy, pathetic, moving, distressing, painful, sorrowful, heart-rending, agonizing, stirring, disturbing, pitiful, piteous
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    2. 1.2informal 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 way’
      • ‘The other main character is Robert, another drinker - they connect through a shared knowledge of really tragic music, and there is a certain beauty to their relationship even if together they have double the trouble keeping off the bottle.’
      • ‘Gay icons usually have some tragedy in their lives, but I've only had tragic haircuts and outfits.’
      • ‘Dicko says she looks better from the neck up, but her outfit is tragic, and she should dress "younger".’
      • ‘Afterwards, we retired over the road for a really tragic Italian meal.’
      • ‘We did see some great outfits but there were a few tragic ones, too.’
      • ‘I know it's a bit tragic I could remember, that I took so long to do it, and that I actually bothered trying to remember.’
      • ‘Oh, but the 1980s were tragic, weren't they?’
      • ‘The last film I watched: this is tragic - embarrassing - I didn't mean to but I actually got hooked up in the movie channel yesterday daytime.’
      • ‘That reminds me. I'm going out to dinner at Isabella's tomorrow night. See? I'm not so tragic after all.’
      • ‘I'm a model cinephile, sure, but beyond that, my God, I'm tragic.’
      • ‘I don't like sport, but partaking in an empty bout of national whooping and cheering simply for the sake of it would be utterly tragic.’
      • ‘Time to go for a wander - otherwise I'm in danger of turning into one of those tragic netslaves who go on holiday and spend two weeks figuring out how to say "do you have an adaptor?"’
      • ‘Mince pies become my life once December begins. Well, maybe not my life. I'm not quite that tragic.’
      • ‘The pictures bring back a flood of memories and the girls joke about their "tragic childhood haircuts" and their clothes.’
      • ‘Miss Wilson can't even control her tragic 70s hairdo let alone a class.’
      • ‘The Bradys sport the same tragic early-seventies quiffs, boast wardrobes packed with polyester flares, and talk in absurd sitcom gagspeak.’
  • 2Relating to tragedy in a literary work.

    ‘the same rules apply whether the plot is tragic or comic’
    • ‘He was the icon in an era of icons, but like Shakespeare's tragic heroes his fatal flaws cut short a certain glittering career.’
    • ‘One was left, at the end of the play, with a sense of pity for him, which was more due to his performance than the tragic figure he portrayed.’
    • ‘He points out to tragic dramatists that what is seen on the stage makes a deeper impression than what is only narrated.’
    • ‘Darius, of course, casts himself in the tragic rather than the comic mould.’
    • ‘It looked as though the record, like the opera, was to have a tragic finale.’
    • ‘It was an excellent film - comic in parts, tragic in others, and poetic in others.’
    • ‘I've played Macbeth; you could call him a villain but Shakespeare calls him tragic.’
    • ‘He laughs, mocking the pose a Shakespearean actor might take during a particularly tragic scene.’
    • ‘The passionate retelling of Shakespeare's tragic story is set in the Italian city of Verona during high summer.’
    • ‘There is thus a mixture of the comic and the tragic, the virtuous and the villainous, the young and the old, the male and the female.’
    • ‘Then again, it's a theme of war films to make tragedies all the more tragic, isn't it?’
    • ‘It may not be his most original play but it is his most unrelievedly tragic.’
    • ‘It is truly tragic - but not in the way that Shakespeare intended, and surely not in the way that the producers had in mind.’
    • ‘The Play of King Lear is a great tragic play that many tragedies try to compare to.’
    • ‘The tragic, or Shakespearean, version of the story runs something like this.’
    • ‘The excellent cast manage to tease out the humour of the play without undermining its tragic elements.’
    • ‘We analysed the plot movements within the parables, distinguishing between tragic and comic parables.’
    • ‘Hubris, the fatal flaw of a tragic hero which blinds him to the reality of the world, is not exactly in short supply at the present.’
    • ‘They don't have categories for best actor in romantic role or best actor in a tragic role, so why comedy?’
    • ‘Seeing the work as a crude forebear of Elizabethan tragic drama effaces its status as an instance of de casibus literature.’

noun

NZ, Australian
informal
  • 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 either’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It takes a tragic to know a tragic.’
    • ‘The PM had a strong personal interest in the dealings, being a self-confessed "cricket tragic".’
    • ‘And while he enjoys the odd bit of media work he does - reducing ABC radio host and rugby tragic Sally Loane to regular fits of girlish giggles during their weekly chats throughout the 2003 World Cup - he's not grooming himself for a switch to screen any time soon.’
    • ‘This is how seriously many football tragics take the game here in Melbourne.’
    • ‘I must confess - I am a cricket tragic.’
    • ‘The action starts at 2 pm, and as a political tragic, I can hardly wait!’
    • ‘Let's face it, we're a nation of quiz show tragics.’
    • ‘For those of us who are political tragics, the smell of battle is in the air.’
    • ‘All over England, victory-starved cricket tragics are desperately hoping that their team can finally win a series against Australia.’
    • ‘It's one of those moments that cricket tragics such as ourselves will never forget.’
    • ‘The game had to build on its enormous base, as it developed a broad appeal to sports fans, even if they weren't soccer tragics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And despite what cricket tragics and sports writers might want to believe Lost, CSI, Desperate Housewives, Law and Order and a host of other programs attract more viewers than the cricket.’
    • ‘As well as being a cricket tragic, I am a keen, enthusiastic but erratic golfer.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from French tragique, via Latin from Greek tragikos, from tragos ‘goat’, but associated with tragōidia (see tragedy).

Pronunciation

tragic

/ˈtradʒɪk/