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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).

Tragical(l, adj. [e.m.E. tragicall (Caxton), f. as Tragi(c)k adj.] Of the nature of tragedy, dreadful, terrible. b. specif. With allusion to the theatrical sense. 1572 Sat. P. xxxvi 32.
That loving lord … Deservit rather immortalitie Then to haue had ane end so tragicall
1585 James VI Ess. 76/6.
Gif your purpose be of tragicall materis, to use lamentable wordis
a1597-1617 Hist. Jas. VI (1825) 25.
This joyfull libertie was suddanlie convertit to a tragicall captivitie
1591–2 Warrender P. (SHS) II 167.
That tragicall execution
a1650 Row 119.
They be brought (in God's righteous judgment) at last to some tragicall and miserable end
1679 J. Gordon The Reformed Bishop 115.
b. 1572 Buch. Detect. (1727) 70.
Mening not to faill in playing hir part, quhile Bothwell is in prepairing the tragicall stage for the murther

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