hamartia
[ hah-mahr-tee-uh ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Late 18th century; Greek Greek, ‘fault, failure, guilt’; the term was used in Aristotle's Poetics with reference to ancient Greek tragedy
Synonyms
  • achilles' heel
  • failing flaw
  • tragic flaw
  • weakness
Antonyms
  • strength
Definition
a fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine
Example
The literature teacher challenged her students to find the hamartia in their favorite tragic heroes.
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