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tragic flaw

noun, Literature.
1.
the character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy; hamartia.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55
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tragic flaw

noun
1.
a failing of character in the hero of a tragedy that brings about his downfall
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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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