tragic flaw

tragic flaw

noun Literature.
the character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy; hamartia.

Origin:
1950–55

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tragic flaw
 
n
a failing of character in the hero of a tragedy that brings about his downfall

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tragic flaw

(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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