Origin of hamartia
a fault, equivalent to hamart-
(base of hamartánein
to err) + -ia -ia
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Hamartia means originally a 'bad shot' or 'error', but is currently used for 'offence' or 'sin'.
That is not unmotived, however; it is of Aspatia's own choosing and of Amintor's hamartia.
The pathetic devotion of Aspatia is essential to our understanding of Amintor's tragic weakness, his hamartia.
British Dictionary definitions for hamartia
literature the flaw in character which leads to the downfall of the protagonist in a tragedy
Word Origin for hamartia
C19: from Greek
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Word Origin and History for hamartia
Greek, literally "fault, failure, guilt," from hamartanein "to fail of one's purpose; to err, sin," originally "to miss the mark."
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A developmental defect characterized by the abnormal arrangement or combination of tissues normally present in a specific area.
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