• House of the Tragic Poet
    House of the Tragic Poet
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tragical very sad; especially involving grief or death or destruction "a tragic face","a tragic plight","a tragic accident"
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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.
    • Tragical Fatal to life; mournful; terrible; calamitous; as, the tragic scenes of the French revolution.
    • Tragical Mournful; expressive of tragedy, the loss of life, or of sorrow. "Why look you still so stern and tragical ?"
    • Tragical 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
    • tragical Same as tragic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Tragical pertaining to tragedy: sorrowful: calamitous
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  • Marcel Marceau
    Marcel Marceau
    “I have spent more than half a lifetime trying to express the tragic moment.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    “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.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Life is tragic for those who have plenty to live on and nothing to live for.”
  • Henry Brooks Adams
    “Power is poison. It's effect on Presidents had always been tragic.”
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein
    “For a truly religious man nothing is tragic.”
  • Walter Kane
    Walter Kane
    “It is tragic that Howard Hughes had to die to prove that he was alive.”


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.


In literature:

Their tragical history was soon told.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
It would have been funny, only that he made us feel it so tragically.
"Joyce's Investments" by Fannie E. Newberry
Everyone felt awkward, and to feel awkward was nothing less than tragic, in the eyes of the assembly.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
I lifted, strained, tugged and shoved with a set and tragic face.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
At the time of his tragic death Mr.
"The Paternoster Ruby" by Charles Edmonds Walk
The affair had taken a most unpremeditated turn, but father and son will accept the tragic result with resignation.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
It irks them to grapple with problems capable of none save a tragic solution.
"Views and Reviews Essays in appreciation" by William Ernest Henley
There was something strange, almost tragic in his attitude, and this impression deepened as we approached him.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
By the light of that fire a weird and almost tragic scene took place.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Voltaire has since descended from the tragic throne, and that neat symmetry of trine comparison is spoiled.
"Classic French Course in English" by William Cleaver Wilkinson

In poetry:

'A bird is singing in my brain
And bubbling o'er with mingled fancies,
Gay, tragic, rapt, right heart of Spain
Fed with the sap of old romances.
"The Nightingale In The Study" by James Russell Lowell
Is it you, perchance, who ache to strain us
Dumbly to the dim transfigured breast,
Or with tragic gesture would detain us
From the age-long search for rest?
"All Saints" by Edith Wharton
The first one was ugly, thin and tragic,
Loving darkness of the garden lane,
Falling Leaf, the child of gloomy magic,
Whose one word could fully stop the rain.
"Only Serpents" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
Where is my good? the little real hoard,
The secret tears, the sudden chivalries;
The tragic love, the futile triumph--where?
Thief, dog, and son of devils--where are these?
"A Man And His Image" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
There was a green branch hung with many a bell
When her own people ruled this tragic Eire;
And from its murmuring greenness, calm of Faery,
A Druid kindness, on all hearers fell.
"The Dedication To A Book Of Stories Selected From The Irish Novelists" by William Butler Yeats
A start, as at one slightly known,
And with an indifferent air
We passed, without a sign being shown
That, as it real were,
A memory-acted scene had thrown
Its tragic shadow there.
"The Two Soldiers" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Jimmy's wife meets a tragic end as his reign over Atlantic City begins to crumble.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. ROCKCASTLE COUNTY, Ky. Investigators call it a tragic accident.
I find it tragically ironic that so many big, valuable properties in the state and Multnomah County are exempt in varying degrees from property tax.
The tragic nobility of Detroit.
Mary Richardson Kennedy 's headstone has finally been placed on her gravesite five months after her tragic suicide and has exclusive photos.
8 ) marks seven years since the tragic death of Dimebag Darrell and three other victims at a Damageplan show in Columbus, Ohio.
Sylvester Stallone 's former wife Brigitte Nielsen put on a tragic public display in a Los Angeles park Saturday.
There's no need to go seeking the tragically hip in my nightlife.
Without their help my situation would have been tragic.
Memorial services for tragic hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty will be held today at the Frank E Campbell Funeral Chapel on Madison Avenue.
In the wake of last week's tragic shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, the city of Houston has released a video showing what to do if you're ever faced with what the people in that theater went through.
It looks as if the sad saga of the Barnes Foundation-a saga of Philadelphia history repeating itself-is approaching its tragic dénouement.
The Hollywood community continues to grieve following Monday's tragic death of Michael Clarke Duncan at 54, and many took to Twitter to express their condolences for the late actor.
"This is a tragic day, a sad day, a senseless day," the mayor says.
Highly publicized Rogers County dog death now said to be tragic turn of events.

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