Meaning of tragic flaw in 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.’
  • ‘But first, a look at his controversial predecessor, who achieved great things, but also had tragic flaws.’
  • ‘Communism, for all its tragic flaws, was at least western in its conception, ideals, and desires.’
  • ‘Each of the two have tragic flaws, that result in their downfall.’
  • ‘It must be their tragic flaws that make them fail to measure up in our eyes.’
  • ‘He is an extremely talented man but he has the tragic flaw of hubris.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘Actually the idea is a tragic flaw if one ever was.’
  • ‘Her tragic flaw, depending on who you talk to in the family, is either stubbornness, selfishness or a love of suffering.’
  • ‘There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don't know what can be done to fix it.’
  • ‘My tragic flaw is that I'm not clever enough to figure out if I'm being made fun of or not.’
  • ‘To me, it sounds like a gradual, maybe even lifelong, struggle between greatness and tragic flaws.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘Even a positive thing creates a shadow… its unique excellence is at the same time its tragic flaw.’
  • ‘And maybe, somewhere deep down, that was his tragic flaw.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘Maybe I had hubris - excessive pride - and this was my tragic flaw.’