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Part of speech: noun


A fatal flaw that often leads to failure


Critical shortcoming

Examples of Hamartia in a sentence

"Her hamartia was the fact that she never saw opportunities in her life until it was too late."

"The hero would have transcended into legend if it weren't for his major hamartia."

About Hamartia

Hamartia first came to prominence as a means of literary analysis thanks to Aristotle, who used it to describe how the things characters hoped to seek or avoid could contribute to their success or demise.

Did you Know?

Hamartia traces its origins back to the Greek verb hamartanein ("to miss the mark"), and was first introduced in writing by none other than Aristotle.

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