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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

hamartia

\hah-mahr-TEE-uh\ , noun;
1.
Tragic flaw.
Quotes:
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:
Hamartia stems from the Greek word hamartánein which meant "to err." However, it entered English in the late 1800s.
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