hamartia

hamartia

[hah-mahr-tee-uh]
noun

Origin:
1890–95; < Greek: a fault, equivalent to hamart- (base of hamartánein to err) + -ia -ia

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hamartia (həˈmɑːtɪə)
 
n
literature the flaw in character which leads to the downfall of the protagonist in a tragedy
 
[C19: from Greek]

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hamartia ha·mar·ti·a (hä'mär-tē'ə, hə-mär'shē-ə)
n.
A developmental defect characterized by the abnormal arrangement or combination of tissues normally present in a specific area.

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hamartia

(hamartia from Greek hamartanein, "to err"), inherent defect or shortcoming in the hero of a tragedy, who is in other respects a superior being favoured by fortune.

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