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hamartia

Syllabification: ha·mar·ti·a
Pronunciation: /ˌhämärˈtēə
 
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Definition of hamartia in English:

noun

A fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine.
Example sentences
  • The critic Frank Kermode corrected our mistranslation of Aristotle's word hamartia (tragic flaw), suggesting that a more accurate and useful interpretation would be missing the mark.
  • Aristotle's idea that a tragic hero acts from a hamartia or mistake rather than evil intent was distorted into a theory of the so-called tragic flaw and was applied to describe foibles of Hamlet and Othello (jealousy).
  • The terms hamartia and hubris should become basic tools of your critical apparatus.

Origin

late 18th century: Greek, 'fault, failure, guilt'; the term was used in Aristotle's Poetics with reference to ancient Greek tragedy.

Words that rhyme with hamartia

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