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tragic flaw

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noun Literature.
  1. the character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy; hamartia.
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Origin of tragic flaw

First recorded in 1950–55
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tragic flaw

noun
  1. a failing of character in the hero of a tragedy that brings about his downfall
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