tragic flaw

noun Literature.

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

Origin of tragic flaw

First recorded in 1950–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tragic flaw

tragic flaw


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