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definition of the word tragic

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From Ancient Greek τραγικός (tragikos), “related to male goat, related to tragedy”, from τράγος (tragos) “male goat”, a reference to the goat-satyrs of the theatrical plays of the Dorians.

tragic

  1. Causing great sadness or suffering.
    • 1918: Woodrow Wilson, Address to the Joint Session of Congress on the Fourteen Points
      No statesman who has the least conception of responsibility ought for a moment to permit himself to continue this tragical and appalling outpouring of blood and treasure...
  2. Relating to tragedy in a literary work.


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