Definition of tragic flaw in English:

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tragic flaw

noun

Less technical term for hamartia.
Example sentences
  • In matching up the tragic hero and the villain, Aristotle indicates that the poet must take care to make the villain's strengths appropriate to take advantage of the hero's tragic flaws.
  • But first, a look at his controversial predecessor, who achieved great things, but also had tragic flaws.
  • Communism, for all its tragic flaws, was at least western in its conception, ideals, and desires.

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