tragic flaw
noun Date: 1913 a flaw in character that brings about the downfall of the hero of a tragedy

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  • tragic flaw — n. a flaw, as pride, in the character of the protagonist of a tragedy, that leads to that protagonist s downfall …   English World dictionary

  • tragic flaw — noun the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall • Syn: ↑hamartia • Hypernyms: ↑flaw …   Useful english dictionary

  • tragic flaw — trag′ic flaw′ n. lit. sbz a character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy • Etymology: 1950–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • tragic flaw — Literature. the character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy; hamartia. [1950 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • tragic flaw — noun less technical term for hamartia …   English new terms dictionary

  • tragic — (adj.) 1540s, calamitous, disastrous, fatal, shortened from tragical (late 15c.), modeled on L. tragicus, from Gk. tragikos of or pertaining to tragedy, lit. of or pertaining to a goat, and probably referring to a satyr impersonated by a goat… …   Etymology dictionary

  • tragic — adjective 1 a tragic event or situation makes you feel very sad: Lillian Board s death at 22 was a tragic loss for the world of British athletics. 2 (only before noun) connected with tragedy in books or plays: a great tragic actor | tragic hero ( …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tragic hero — noun A hero who suffers from a tragic flaw that eventually causes his downfall. See Also: tragic heroine …   Wiktionary

  • Tragic villain — A tragic villain is a character, usually an antagonist, that does not truly intend to be a villain. They are perhaps misled or not entirely in control of their feelings and/or actions, or pursuing morally ambiguous logic. This archetype… …   Wikipedia

  • Character flaw — This article is about the literary concept. For ethical shortcomings in real people, see Vice. In the creation and criticism of fictional works, a character flaw is a limitation, imperfection, problem, phobia, or deficiency present in a character …   Wikipedia

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