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
It was for Alexander a tragic flaw, or hamartia, a Greek word meaning to miss the mark when shooting an arrow Christians would later use the same word to mean “sin”.
Your hamartia is your: a. tragic flaw that leads to your downfall.
Most common, however, is "hamartia," a term from archery meaning to "miss the mark" particularly by falling short.
Yet in every Greek tragedy the catalyst for the protagonist’s downfall is hamartia, from the Greek hamartanein, a term that describes an archer missing the target.
In essence, hamartia means “mistake,” pure and simple—although the mistake is never pure and rarely simple.
The ancient Greek word for sin, hamartia, is an archery term that refers to missing the mark.
The Greek word for sin in this passage is hamartia, not hamartano.
In their most damning similarity, the contrasting hamartia of Clinton and Bush led them each to make the same tragic mistake in 2003.
Hubris, whatever its origin, was often the hamartia, or fatal character flaw, which doomed the protagonists in Greek tragedy.
It's as if Sesame Street is drawing on medievalism to portray the Classical concept of hamartia in King Minus.