[hah-mahr-tee-uh] /ˌhɑ mɑrˈti ə/

(literature) the flaw in character which leads to the downfall of the protagonist in a tragedy

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

hamartia ha·mar·ti·a (hä’mär-tē’ə, hə-mär’shē-ə)
A developmental defect characterized by the abnormal arrangement or combination of tissues normally present in a specific area.


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