Definition of tragic flaw in US English:

tragic flaw


  • less technical term for hamartia
    • ‘In matching up the tragic hero and the villain, Aristotle indicates that the poet must take care to make the villain's strengths appropriate to take advantage of the hero's tragic flaws.’
    • ‘There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don't know what can be done to fix it.’
    • ‘But they are all human, and that is their tragic flaw - every decision they make, as good as its intentions may be, is but one step closer to a destructive conclusion.’
    • ‘If pop music, as a genre, has a tragic flaw, it is that despite its placement across time, it does not provide any substantive narrative, replacing it instead with repetition.’
    • ‘Even a positive thing creates a shadow… its unique excellence is at the same time its tragic flaw.’
    • ‘Tragedy is a story or play that has a significant conflict of morals, with a noble protagonist displaying a tragic flaw that is their strength but leads to their downfall.’
    • ‘Communism, for all its tragic flaws, was at least western in its conception, ideals, and desires.’
    • ‘Her tragic flaw, depending on who you talk to in the family, is either stubbornness, selfishness or a love of suffering.’
    • ‘To me, it sounds like a gradual, maybe even lifelong, struggle between greatness and tragic flaws.’
    • ‘But first, a look at his controversial predecessor, who achieved great things, but also had tragic flaws.’
    • ‘Their tragic flaw, of course, was the relatively arbitrary assignment of these functions to areas, and the belief in the corresponding shape of the skull.’
    • ‘His characters are not black and white: The good people have their tragic flaws, and the bad ones at least firmly believe in their righteousness.’
    • ‘Actually the idea is a tragic flaw if one ever was.’
    • ‘My tragic flaw is that I'm not clever enough to figure out if I'm being made fun of or not.’
    • ‘Each of the two have tragic flaws, that result in their downfall.’
    • ‘And maybe, somewhere deep down, that was his tragic flaw.’
    • ‘It must be their tragic flaws that make them fail to measure up in our eyes.’
    • ‘Too much updating may be the tragic flaw here, as lines of dialogue clearly meant to signal fatalistic woe are delivered in knowing, modern tones that undermine the drama.’
    • ‘He is an extremely talented man but he has the tragic flaw of hubris.’
    • ‘Maybe I had hubris - excessive pride - and this was my tragic flaw.’