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Definition: Hamartia is a concept used by Aristotle to describe tragedy. Hamartia leads to the fall of a noble man caused by some excess or mistake in behavior, not because of a willful violation of the gods' laws. Hamartia is related to hubris, which was also more an action than attitude.

Source: Greek Tragedy by Nancy S. Rabinowitz.

Also Known As: tragic flaw

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