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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).

Tragi(c)k, adj. and n. [e.m.E. tragik (1545), tragicke (1563), L. tragicus.] a. adj. Terrible. b. comb. With comick. [Cf. 17th c. Eng. tragy-comick (1683).] Tragi-comic. c. noun. A tragic or terrible fate or conclusion. —a. 1533 Bell. Livy I 100/11.
Ane notabill exempill of maist terribil and tragik [L. sceleris tragici] cruelte
1681 Colvil Whig's Suppl. (1681) ii 29.
A prison tragick, … Where he too late laments his mishapes
b. 1638 Fugitive Poetry II xiii 1/4.
The secrets of this tragick-comick play
c. c1679 Kirkton Hist. 310.
Alwayes this was her miserable tragick

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