tragic

Definitions

  • House of the Tragic Poet
    House of the Tragic Poet
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tragic very sad; especially involving grief or death or destruction "a tragic face","a tragic plight","a tragic accident"
    • adj tragic of or relating to or characteristic of tragedy "tragic hero"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the Eiffel Tower was built in 1884, Parisians referred to it as "the tragic lamppost" and nearly universally hated it.
    • Tragic A tragedy; a tragic drama.
    • Tragic A writer of tragedy. "Thence what the lofty, grave, tragedians taught."
    • Tragic Fatal to life; mournful; terrible; calamitous; as, the tragic scenes of the French revolution.
    • Tragic Mournful; expressive of tragedy, the loss of life, or of sorrow. "Why look you still so stern and tragical ?"
    • Tragic Of or pertaining to tragedy; of the nature or character of tragedy; as, a tragic poem; a tragic play or representation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tragic Pertaining or relating to tragedy; of the nature of tragedy: as, a tragic poem; the tragic drama.
    • tragic Characteristic of tragedy.
    • tragic Connected with or characterized by great calamity, cruelty, or bloodshed; mournful; dreadful; heart-rending.
    • tragic Expressive of tragedy, death, or sorrow.
    • n tragic A writer of tragedy; a tragedian.
    • n tragic A tragedy; a tragic, drama.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Tragic pertaining to tragedy: sorrowful: calamitous
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Quotations

  • Marcel Marceau
    Marcel Marceau
    “I have spent more than half a lifetime trying to express the tragic moment.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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    “The Greeks said grandly in their tragic phrase, Let no one be called happy till his death; to which I would add, Let no one, till his death be called unhappy.”
  • Socrates
    Socrates
    “The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close, like light and shadow.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Life is tragic for those who have plenty to live on and nothing to live for.”
  • Henry Brooks Adams
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    “Power is poison. It's effect on Presidents had always been tragic.”
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein
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    “For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tragicus, Gr.: cf. F. tragique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Lit. 'goat-song,' so called either from the old dramas being exhibited when a goat was sacrificed, or from a goat being the prize, or because the actors were dressed in goat-skins—L. tragœdia—Gr. tragōdiatragos, a he-goat, aoidos, ōdos, a singer—aeidein, adein, to sing.

Usage

In literature:

I, too, had forgotten for the moment that it must bring you tragic memories.
"The Fifth Ace" by Douglas Grant
Would not your Majesty rather say tragic?
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
It was all very tragic.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
Tragic Opera in three acts by GAETANO DONIZETTI.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
The central tragic strife here is not one of rival houses.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
The talk was all animation and excitement for the moment, not a tragic touch in it.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The tragic suddenness of it all stunned him.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
How tragic that we in this dark day have had our seeking done for us by our teachers.
"The Pursuit of God" by A. W. Tozer
No; it was not like an ordinary trial at all, and yet the issues were tragic.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
South Africa has a tragic habit of prematurely destroying its big men.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
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In poetry:

April dusk
It is tragic to be a poet now
And not a lover
Paradised under the mutest bough.
"April Dusk" by Patrick Kavanagh
Ghostly and chill it is,
Pallid and still it is,
Sudden uprist;
What is there tragical,
Moving or magical,
Hid in the mist?
"Mist And Frost" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Is it tragic grief that saddens
Through your souls this autumn day?
Or the joy of death that gladdens
In exultance of decay?
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part IV" by Madison Julius Cawein
Grief to you, shame or grief, here is the story--
My splendid night!
It was colour, scents, music, a tragic glory,
Fear with delight.
"After The Play" by Robert Graves
What tragic tears bedew the eye!
What deaths we suffer ere we die!
Our broken friendships we deplore,
And love of youth that are no more.
"Ode - On the Death of a Young Lady" by John Logan
And through the hedge-like fog they dash,
Till ho, alas! A tearing crash
Is heard above the roaring tide,
As from the tragic rock they glide.
"The Wreck of the S. S. Penguin" by Angus Cameron Robertson

In news:

While well meaning, environmentalists have been tragically wrong.
That is the tragic lesson from the failed eradication campaigns against malaria, for example.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. A tragic discovery was made in a popular Denver-area reservoir Wednesday morning.
A tragic discovery was made in a popular Denver-area reservoir Wednesday morning.
Whitney Houston's final autopsy report has been published and more sad and tragic details have emerged.
One of the most tragic episodes was the collapse of a high school in Juyuan.
"She's a tragic figure like many ex-beauty queens," says Jennie Grant, her owner.
Batman fiend picked his tragic victims during 'Dark Knight' theater rampage.
Tragic new details have emerged in the shocking Manhattan murder of the two children killed by their own nanny.
Rafael Gomez was the tragic poster child for all that was wrong with Washington's child welfare system.
Friday's tragic accident on US Highway 12 is yet another example of just how dangerous it can be driving between Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities.
Ellie Goulding warns that her new music video for 'Anything Could Happen' might be tough to watch because it tells a tragic story.
The death of a police officer is always a tragic event, but even more so when it's senseless.
"Perfection" is part of Barbara Abel's "Tragic Beauties" series.
Red Light: Tragic Beauties and other objects of desire.
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In science:

In his last paper , which was published already after his tragic death, Pavel Urysohn (1898–1924) suggested a construction of the universal Polish space, which is now called the “Urysohn space.” This paper was an answer to the question, posed by M.
Random Metric Spaces and Universality
Tragically, just before Sophie was able complete her theory, the experimentalist was killed in a laboratory explosion that also destroyed the special apparatus.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
He was a very good friend of mine and a talented young physicist who passed away by a tragic accident.
Flat family of QFTs and quantization of d-algebras
Such a phase transition could have dramatic and tragic implications, if not for the shape of the universe, for the shape we find ourselves in afterwards.
What is the Role of Neutrinos in Shaping the Universe?
Both Tom and Paneitz (who also died tragically, already as a graduate student) were students of Irving Segal at MIT, where Irving’s passion for all things conformal inspired them.
Future Directions of Research in Geometry: A Summary of the Panel Discussion at the 2007 Midwest Geometry Conference
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