Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday October 2, 2012
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
Hamartia stems from the Greek word hamartánein which meant "to err." However, it entered English in the late 1800s.