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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Definitions for hamartia

  1. Tragic flaw.

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Citations for hamartia
What is Oedipus' hamartia that leads to his self-fulfilling self-reversal? Laszlo Versényi, Man's Measure
We called it by many different things, such as hubris or hamartia, but given the way you butcher Latin, let's stick with English. Stephanie Draven, The Fever and the Fury
Origin of hamartia
1890-1895
Hamartia stems from the Greek word hamartánein which meant "to err." However, it entered English in the late 1800s.
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