from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Tragic flaw.
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- n. The tragic flaw of the protagonist in a literary tragedy.
- n. : sin
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- n. the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall
Greek, from hamartanein, to miss the mark, err.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἁμαρτία (hamartia), meaning error or failure. From the verb ἁμαρτάνω hamartanō, "to miss the mark". (Wiktionary)