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
The tragic events which followed arose from the curse of the afflicted OEdipus.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Of all the tragical conclusions to which his family had come this was the most deplorable, as his life had been the least satisfactory.
"Royal Edinburgh" by Margaret Oliphant
He had the sense that the circumstances under which he had seen it had been tragic.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
A TRAGICALLY GREAT EVENT COMING ON.
"History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia Frederick The Great--Complete Table of Contents: 22 Volumes" by Thomas Carlyle
She came to see Susan, and they sat together in the tragic little bare room and talked.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
No particularly tragic event took place here for some years.
"Royal Palaces and Parks of France" by Milburg Francisco Mansfield
Jane's face, so gay, became suddenly tragic.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
A hundred times more tragic for remaining unexplained.
"A Royal Prisoner" by Pierre Souvestre
Yet, a tragic little person, in Saxham's eyes at least, by the time she had made her errand plain.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
It is there the affair became tragic.
"Messengers of Evil" by Pierre Souvestre
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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
His father died; such a tragic event had a strong influence on his following life.
Ettore Majorana and his heritage seventy years later
Nevertheless, like with other greatest, the most profound of his papers were written in a short period of only 3 years, from 1956 to 1959 (e.g. see the complete list of Landau papers in this collection) prior to his tragic fatal car accident, which happened on 7th of January of 1962.
Landau's Last Paper and its Impact on Developments in Mathematics, Physics and Other Disciplines in New Millennium
After Wald’s tragic and untimely death, two of Wald’s students approached Erich with a request to become his students.
Erich Leo Lehmann---A glimpse into his life and work
Sometimes people who are lucky to be endowed with the faculties going in both directions, i.e., along the path of intuitive creativity and logical-intellectual thought cannot fully implement these capabilities which may lead to dramatic or even tragic circumstances.
Schrodinger's cat and the problem of two cultures
This alternative theory was first proposed in the 1920’s by Louis de Broglie, who (tragically) abandoned his ideas in the face of tremendous peer pressure from the likes of Bohr and Heisenberg.
Intelligent Design in the Physics Classroom?
In spite of the tragic accident which may render the LHC disfunctional till 2010, there are several expectations.
LHC Physics
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology succumbed to a tragic death at his early twenties.
Some fascinating series and their sums
It was assumed, that the star’s deflection into higher values of z , proceeds in each time cumulatively, a little more, with each successive pass by the nucleus and not with a single tragic encounter.
Are external perturbations responsible for chaotic motion in galaxies?
Acknowledgements Fred Almgren tragically passed away shortly after this note was written.
The mean curvature integral is invariant under bending
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