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These excepted, the only survivors of this tragic scene were Capts.

And before her, always, she saw the tragic women of the wards.

Now he had a son, and the child's mother looked at him with tragic eyes.

It is tragic how few people ever ‘possess their souls’ before they die.

That is not such a tragic thing as possibly it sounds to you.

For a moment there was silence, for the joke had taken a tragic turn.

I bore her no grudge—who could bear soft-eyed, laughing, yet tragic Biddy a grudge?

It is said that she even did the barn work, and milked the cows, during that tragic time.

She poured it as if it were poison, and Josiah became conscious of her tragic self-control.

Thrice had she come, once comic and once tragic and once heroic.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, "calamitous, disastrous, fatal," shortened from tragical (late 15c.), modeled on Latin tragicus, from Greek tragikos "of or pertaining to tragedy," literally "of or pertaining to a goat," and probably referring to a satyr impersonated by a goat singer or satyric actor (see tragedy). Tragic flaw (1913) translates Greek hamartia.

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