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tragic

adjective     /ˈtrædʒ.ɪk/
B2 very sad, often involving death and suffering: His friends were deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news of his death. The bomb explosion resulted in a tragic loss of life. Hospital authorities admitted that a tragic mistake/error had taken place. It is tragic that the theatre has had to close.Saddening, shocking and upsetting belonging or relating to literature about death or suffering: During his acting career, he has played all Shakespeare's great tragic heroes.Types of film, play, book etc. tragically     /-ɪ.kəl.i/ adverb C2 She died tragically young. Tragically, the side-effects of the drug were not discovered until many people had been seriously damaged by it.Saddening, shocking and upsetting
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