American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A flaw in the character of the protagonist of a tragedy that brings the protagonist to ruin or sorrow.
- n. A personality trait or other characteristic of a real or fictional individual which is immoral, destructive, or otherwise faulty and which leads to the ruin or profound suffering of that individual.
- n. the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall
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