Word of the Day -Hamartia

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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.”

Word of the Day – Shibboleth

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Shibboleth (noun)

shib-oh-leth

A custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important.

Mid 17th century: from Hebrew šibbōleṯ ‘ear of corn’, used as a test of nationality by its difficult pronunciation (Judg. 12:6).

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Word of the Day – Symposium

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Symposium (noun)

sim-poe-zee-um

A conference or meeting to discuss a particular subject./ A collection of essays or papers on a particular subject by a number of contributors.

Late 16th century (denoting a drinking party): via Latin from Greek sumposion, from sumpotēs ‘fellow drinker’, from sun- ‘together’ + potēs ‘drinker’.

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