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 Eddie is the Oberyn Martell of Stranger Things: a colorful, big personality with a tragic flaw. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 July 2022 Driver, such a physically imposing, intense, glowering presence, is inspired casting here: Henry seems unable to express any joy, grace, or awe — a tragic flaw that inspires a heartbreaking song late in the film. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 6 July 2021 Its hero refuses to confront its tragic flaw, which will be its downfall. Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2020 At Esquire, editor Kelly Stout reveals the tragic flaw in that thinking. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 At Esquire, editor Kelly Stout reveals the tragic flaw in that thinking. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 At Esquire, editor Kelly Stout reveals the tragic flaw in that thinking. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 At Esquire, editor Kelly Stout reveals the tragic flaw in that thinking. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 At Esquire, editor Kelly Stout reveals the tragic flaw in that thinking. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of tragic flaw

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tragic flaw was in 1913

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26 Jul 2022

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“Tragic flaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tragic%20flaw. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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