tragic Definition

  • 1causing great sadness, suffering, or disaster
  • 2relating to tragedy in a literary work

Using tragic: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "tragic" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The loss of his family was a tragic event.

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    It is a tragic irony that he died on his birthday.

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    The play tells the tragic story of a young couple's doomed love.

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    The hurricane had a tragic impact on the coastal towns.

tragic Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using tragic

  • a person who is doomed to fail or suffer


    Despite his best efforts, he remained a tragic figure, unable to overcome his personal demons.

  • a tragic turn of events

    an unexpected and unfortunate change in circumstances


    The company's bankruptcy was a tragic turn of events for its employees.

  • a situation where something valuable is lost or destroyed for no good reason


    The destruction of the ancient city was a tragic waste of cultural heritage.

Phrases with tragic

  • a character trait in a protagonist that leads to their downfall


    In Shakespeare's Macbeth, the titular character's tragic flaw is his ambition.

  • a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to their own destruction


    Oedipus from Sophocles' Oedipus Rex is a classic example of a tragic hero.

  • a play or novel containing elements of both tragedy and comedy


    Shakespeare's The Tempest is an example of a tragicomedy.

Origins of tragic

from Greek 'tragikos', meaning 'of or pertaining to tragedy'


Summary: tragic in Brief

The term 'tragic' [ˈtrædʒ.ɪk] refers to events or situations that cause great sadness, suffering, or disaster. It can also relate to tragedy in literary works, such as a tragic hero or tragicomedy. Examples include 'The loss of his family was a tragic event.' and 'The play tells the tragic story of a young couple's doomed love.' Idioms like 'a tragic figure' and 'a tragic turn of events' further emphasize the sense of doom and misfortune.

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