from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a tragic manner; in a manner befitting tragedy.
  • Mournfully; sorrowfully.

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  • adverb In a tragic manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in a tragic manner; with tragic consequences


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  • But what's missing, tragically, is a diagnosis of the real, far more fundamental problem, which is that what's even worse than its stratospheric cost is the fact that American health care doesn't fulfill its prime directive -- it does not help people become or stay healthy.

    The same, but not exactly (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Going even further toward a European model will simply result in tragically, and often terminally, long waits for important procedures as users completely unrestrained by any price mechanism further swamp providers.

    Wonk Room » The Free Market Does Not Work In Health Care

  • So that world is unfortunately tainted, Al. And the point may be banal, as is the point that the executive is bound by law and the Constitution, but we live in tragically non-banal times.

    Matthew Yglesias » Politics as a Vocation

  • Alas, I fear our walk will remain tragically unblogged (except for what you wrote yourself, of course).

    new friends

  • The photographs were part of a campaign to encourage Westward migration, settlement and development -- a campaign that could be called tragically successful, given the broken dreams of thousands of sodbusters.

    Shooting The West

  • Her “performance” could only be described as tragically delicious.

    The Devil’s in the Diva

  • Her “performance” could only be described as tragically delicious.

    The Devil’s in the Diva

  • Her “performance” could only be described as tragically delicious.

    The Devil’s in the Diva

  • They quickly bolted back up in the air to get out of harm's way, and tragically, that is when the Navy SEAL was lost.

    CNN Transcript Mar 6, 2002

  • It had occurred to her once or twice that it was an odd, almost a pathetic, convention that they tried to maintain about their social existence -- a picture of their lives as running smoothly with self-adjusting machinery of long-established servants and old social traditions; when their every word tragically proclaimed the exhausting and never-ending personal effort that was required to give even the most temporary appearance of that kind.

    The Squirrel-Cage


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