Definitions

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  • adj. Not tragic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not tragic; hence, comic; ludicrous.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ tragic

Examples

  • Of course, the last Lear I saw had the king in a huge hairy blue robe that honestly looked like the skin off the Cookie Monster, so I keep remembering that and laughing in a very untragic way.

    Regan or Goneril

  • In the dining-room Annie was laying the table for dinner, and a most untragic odor of new garden peas began to steal along the hall.

    The Breaking Point

  • Now the belfry of Delft, though all the upper part is of stone, yet it stands on a great pedestal (as it were) of brick -- a pedestal higher than the houses, and in this base are pierced two towering, broad, and single ogives, empty and wonderful and full of that untragic sadness which you may find also in the drooping and wide eyes of extreme old age.

    Hills and the Sea

  • It is odious and also (through the absence of suffering) untragic; hence it is that no one is made to act thus except in some few instances, e.g. Haemon and

    Poetics. English

  • The second is the most untragic that can be; it has no one of the requisites of Tragedy; it does not appeal either to the human feeling in us, or to our pity, or to our fears.

    Poetics. English

  • At that command the hunchback, who had been leaning against a chair an apparently amused spectator of the not untragic scene, shambled slowly forward more ungainly than ever in his finery, his long sword swinging grotesquely against his legs.

    The Duke's Motto A Melodrama

  • It was the tragic turning-point of the French monarch's life, the not wholly untragic turning-point of larger destinies, ancient chivalry being admitted unsuccessful and wholly out of date.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 09

  • Tricolor ribands streaming aloft from pike-heads; ironshod batons; and emblems not a few; among which, see specially these two, of the tragic and the untragic sort: a Bull's Heart transfixed with iron, bearing this epigraph, 'Coeur d'Aristocrate, Aristocrat's Heart;' and, more striking still, properly the standard of the host, a pair of old Black Breeches

    The French Revolution

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  • Thins here grown old and worn with untragic

    logic.

          Sated we drowse supine

    on a bench incised FOR THE MUNICIPALITY'S

    ELDERLY

    - Peter Reading, For the Municipality's Elderly, from For the Municipality's Elderly, 1974

    June 22, 2008