tragic flaw

noun

Definition of tragic flaw

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Its hero refuses to confront its tragic flaw, which will be its downfall. Los Angeles Times, "40 Black playwrights on the theater industry’s insidious racism," 14 Oct. 2020 At Esquire, editor Kelly Stout reveals the tragic flaw in that thinking. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Shopper’s Dream of an Optimized Life," 10 Aug. 2020 At Esquire, editor Kelly Stout reveals the tragic flaw in that thinking. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Shopper’s Dream of an Optimized Life," 10 Aug. 2020 At Esquire, editor Kelly Stout reveals the tragic flaw in that thinking. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Shopper’s Dream of an Optimized Life," 10 Aug. 2020 At Esquire, editor Kelly Stout reveals the tragic flaw in that thinking. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Shopper’s Dream of an Optimized Life," 10 Aug. 2020 At Esquire, editor Kelly Stout reveals the tragic flaw in that thinking. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Shopper’s Dream of an Optimized Life," 10 Aug. 2020 At Esquire, editor Kelly Stout reveals the tragic flaw in that thinking. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Shopper’s Dream of an Optimized Life," 10 Aug. 2020 At Esquire, editor Kelly Stout reveals the tragic flaw in that thinking. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Shopper’s Dream of an Optimized Life," 10 Aug. 2020

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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 14 May. 2021.

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