tragic flaw


noun Literature.

the character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy; hamartia.

Nearby words

  1. tragedian,
  2. tragedienne,
  3. tragedize,
  4. tragedy,
  5. tragic,
  6. tragic hero,
  7. tragic irony,
  8. tragicomedy,
  9. tragicomic,
  10. tragion

Origin of tragic flaw

First recorded in 1950–55

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British Dictionary definitions for tragic flaw

tragic flaw

noun

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