tragic flaw


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tragic flaw

n.
A flaw in the character of the protagonist of a tragedy that brings the protagonist to ruin or sorrow.

tragic flaw

n
(Theatre) a failing of character in the hero of a tragedy that brings about his downfall

trag′ic flaw′


n.
a character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy.
[1950–55]
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Noun1.tragic flaw - the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfalltragic flaw - the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall
flaw - defect or weakness in a person's character; "he had his flaws, but he was great nonetheless"
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