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hamartia

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noun ha·mar·tia \ˌhä-ˌmär-ˈtē-ə\

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Harmartia arose from the Greek verb hamartanein, meaning "to miss the mark" or "to err." Aristotle introduced the term in the Poetics to describe the error of judgment which ultimately brings about the tragic hero's downfall. As you can imagine, the word is most often found in literary criticism. However, news writers occasionally employ the word when discussing the unexplainable misfortune or missteps of übercelebrities regarded as immortal gods and goddesses before being felled by their own shortcomings.

Origin and Etymology of hamartia

Greek, from hamartanein to miss the mark, err


First Known Use: 1913


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hamartia

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noun ha·mar·tia \ˌhäm-ˌär-ˈtē-ə also hə-ˈmär-sh(ē-)ə\

Medical Definition of hamartia




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