hamartia


noun

  1. tragic flaw.

noun

  1. literature the flaw in character which leads to the downfall of the protagonist in a tragedy
n.

Greek, literally “fault, failure, guilt,” from hamartanein “to fail of one’s purpose; to err, sin,” originally “to miss the mark.”

n.

  1. A developmental defect characterized by the abnormal arrangement or combination of tissues normally present in a specific area.

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