- 1 making you feel very sad, usually because someone has died or suffered a lot He was killed in a tragic accident at the age of 24. Cuts in Medicare coverage could have tragic consequences for patients. It would be tragic if her talent remained unrecognized.
- 2[only before noun] connected with tragedy (= the style of literature) a tragic actor/hero
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NAmE//ˈtrædʒɪkli//adverb Tragically, his wife was killed in a car accident. He died tragically young.