Word of the Day -Hamartia

By April 14, 2017Word of the Day

Hamartia (noun) (literary)

ham-ah-tee-a

The fatal flaw that leads to the downfall of a character.

Has its origins in late 18th century: Greek, ‘fault, failure, guilt’; the term was used in Aristotle’s Poetics with reference to ancient Greek tragedy.

Example sentences

“It took until the last chapter but the protagonist’s hamartia was revealed.”

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