tragic flaw

noun

Definition of tragic flaw

: a flaw in character that brings about the downfall of the hero of a tragedy

Examples of tragic flaw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Esquire, editor Kelly Stout reveals the tragic flaw in that thinking. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Shopper’s Dream of an Optimized Life," 28 Apr. 2020 The ancient god invoked here is Prometheus, and the tragic flaw Burtynsky documents is that of hubris. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Edward Burtynsky photos at Cleveland Museum of Art document mankind’s troubled relationship with water," 23 June 2019 But in relationships, all that energy and boredom and lashing out when I’m not engaged is a pretty tragic flaw. Tessa Miller, The Cut, "10 Women on Living With ADHD," 24 Jan. 2018 Olson is a man possessed, a man whose curiosity is his tragic flaw, a man whose brain went to Harvard but whose heart never progressed past being nine years old and lied to, a lanky, loquacious loner with an ax to grind. Rachel Syme, New Republic, "Guilt Trip," 13 Dec. 2017 Defiance, in Mr Eig’s telling, was Ali’s defining feature and his tragic flaw. The Economist, "A bruising accountA new biography of Muhammad Ali," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of tragic flaw

1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Tragic flaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tragic%20flaw. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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