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View synonyms for tragic flaw

tragic flaw

[ traj-ik flaw ]

noun

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


tragic flaw

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of tragic flaw1

First recorded in 1950–55

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