American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Tragic: "You take too tragical a view of matters” ( John Fowles). "He assumes a sudden look of tragical sobriety” ( Scott Turow).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as tragic.
- adj. archaic tragic
- adj. very sad; especially involving grief or death or destruction
“And Gorgias used to call tragical poems cheats, wherein he that did cheat was juster than he that did not cheat, and he that was cheated was wiser than he that was not cheated.”
“While he was in this irresolute mind there came to the court certain players, in whom Hamlet formerly used to take delight, and particularly to hear one of them speak a tragical speech, describing the death of old Priam, King of Troy, with the grief of Hecuba his queen.”
“While he was in this irresolute mind there came to the court certain players, in whom Hamlet formerly used to take delight, and particularly to hear one of them speak a tragical speech, describing the death of old”
“Some reluctance to recall tragical or humiliating scenes, and, by thus recalling to endure them, in some sense,”
“The words are as 'tragical' and tender as were those of the melancholy Jaques.”
“Maybe some premonition -- some such smother at the heart as Hamlet knew -- came to him then, made him almost statue-like in his quiet and filled his face with a kind of tragical beauty.”
“He thought, with bitterness so real that it gave him a kind of tragical satisfaction, how certainly he could find him”
“He thought, with bitterness so real that it gave him a kind of tragical satisfaction, how certainly he could find him a little later at Mrs. Leighton's; and Fulkerson's happiness became an added injury.”
“Chrononhotonthologos; the most tragical tragedy that ever was tragedized etc. Campbell, Thomas”
“Within these few days I have been haunted night and day by the unsought recolections of an old tragical tale which had its origin perhaps fifty years ago at Bury, and I suppose I must rid myself of it by making a kind of dying-speech Ballad, and then I can attend to Richard Brooks.”
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