1. Relating to or characteristic of dramatic tragedy or tragedies: tragic plays; the tragic hero.
2. Writing or performing in tragedy: a tragic poet.
3. Having the elements of tragedy; involving death, grief, or destruction: a tragic accident.
[Latin tragicus, from Greek tragikos, from tragos, goat, from trōgein, trag-, to munch, nibble (especially of herbivorous animals); probably akin to Armenian aracel, to graze, browse. For the connection of goats to tragedy, see TRAGEDY.]
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