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