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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: tragicus, from Greek tragikos, from tragoidia; TRAGEDY

tragic

adjective
     
Related topics: Literature, Theatre
tra‧gic
1 a tragic event or situation makes you feel very sad, especially because it involves death or suffering [↪ comic]:
The parents were not to blame for the tragic death of their son.
Lillian Board's death at 22 was a tragic loss for British athletics.
2 [only before noun]ALAPT relating to tragedy in books or plays:
a great tragic actor
tragic hero (=the main person in a tragedy)

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