Dictionary: TRAD'I-TIVE – TRAG'IC, or TRAG'IC-AL

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TRAD'I-TIVE, a. [Fr. from L. trado.]

Transmitted or transmissible from father to son, or from age to age, by oral communication. Suppose we on things traditive divide. Dryden.

TRAD'I-TOR, n. [L.]

A deliverer; name of infamy given to Christians who delivered the Scriptures or the goods of the church to their persecutors, to save their lives. Milner.

TRA-DUCE, v.t. [L. traduco; trans, over, and duco, to lead; Fr. traduire; It. tradurre.]

  1. To represent as blameable; to condemn. The best stratagem that Satan hath, is by traducing the form and manner of the devout prayers of God's church. Hooker.
  2. To calumniate; to vilify; to defame; willfully to misrepresent. As long as men are malicious and designing, they will be traducing. Gov. of the Tongue. He had the baseness to traduce me in libel. Dryden.
  3. To propagate; to continue by deriving one from another. From these only the race of perfect animals was propagated and traduced over the earth. [Not in use.] Bale.


Misrepresented; calumniated.


Misrepresentation; ill founded censure; defamation; calumny. [Little used.] Shak.


Slandering; slanderous. Entick.


One that traduces; a slanderer; a calumniator.


That may be orally derived or propagated. [Little used.] Hale.


Slandering; defaming; calumniating.


Slanderously; by way of defamation.

TRA-DUCT', v.t. [L. traductus, traduco.]

To derive. [Not used.] Potherby.

TRA-DUC'TION, n. [L. traductio.]

  1. Derivation from one of the same kind; propagation. If by traduction came thy mind, / Our wonder is the less to find / A soul so charming from a stock so good. Dryden.
  2. Tradition; transmission from one to another; as, traditional communication and traduction of truth. [Little used.] Hale.
  3. Conveyance; transportation; act of transferring; as, the traduction of animals from Europe to America by shipping. Hale.
  4. Transition. Bacon.


Derivable; that may be deduced. Warburton.

TRAF'FICK, n. [Fr. trafic; It. traffico; Sp. trafago; a compound of L. trans, Celtic tra and facio, or some other verb of the like elements.]

  1. Trade; commerce, either by barter or by buying and selling. This word, like trade, comprehends every species of dealing in the exchange or passing of goods or merchandise from hand to hand for an equivalent, unless the business of retailing may be excepted. It signifies appropriately foreign trade, but is not limited to that. My father, / A merchant of great traffick through the world. Shak.
  2. Commodities for market. Gay.

TRAF'FICK, v.i. [Fr. trafiquer; It. trafficare; Sp. traficar or trafagar.]

  1. To trade; to pass goods and commodities from one person to another for an equivalent in goods or money; to barter; to buy and sell wares; to carry on commerce. The English and Americans traffick with all the world. Gen. xlii.
  2. To trade meanly or mercenarily. Shak.


To exchange in traffick.


Marketable. [Not in use.] Bp. Hall.


Exchanged in traffick.


One who carries on commerce; a trader; a merchant. Is. viii. Shak.


Trading; bartering; buying and selling goods, wares and commodities.


Destitute of trade.

TRAG'A-CANTH, n. [L. tragacanthum; Gr. τραγακανθα; τραγος, a goat, and ακανθα, thorn.]

  1. Goat's thorn; a plant of the genus Astragalus, of several species, growing in Syria, Candia, &c. almost all of which were included by Linnæus in the tragacanthas, and all of which produce the gum tragacanth.
  2. A gum obtained from the goat's thorn. It comes in small contorted pieces resembling worms. It is of different colors; that which is white, clear, smooth and vermicular, is the best. It is somewhat soft to the touch, but only imperfectly soluble. It is softening, and used in coughs and catarrhs. Nicholson. Cyc.

TRA-GE'DI-AN, n. [L. tragœdus. See Tragedy.]

  1. A writer of tragedy. Stillingfleet.
  2. More generally, an actor of tragedy. Dryden.

TRAG'E-DY, n. [Fr. tragedie; It. and Sp. tragedia; Gr. τραγωδια; said to be composed of τραγος, a goat, and ωδη, a song, because originally it consisted in a hymn sung in honor of Bacchus by a chorus of music, with dances and the sacrifice of a goat.]

  1. A dramatic poem representing some signal action performed by illustrious persons, and generally having a fatal issue. æshylus is called the father of tragedy. All our tragedies are of kings and princes. Taylor.
  2. A fatal and mournful event; any event in which human lives are lost by human violence, more particularly by unauthorized violence.

TRAG'IC, or TRAG'IC-AL, a. [L. tragicus; Fr. tragique; It. tragico.]

  1. Pertaining to tragedy; of the nature or character of tragedy; as, a tragic poem; a tragic play or representation. Shak.
  2. Fatal to life; mournful; sorrowful; calamitous; as, the tragic scenes of Hayti; the tragic horrors of Scio and Missilonghi; the tragical fate of the Greeks.
  3. Mournful; expressive of tragedy, the loss of life, or of sorrow. I now must change those notes to tragic. Milton.