Definitions for "Hamartia"
Keywords:  tragic, hero, flaw, downfall, tragedy
(hah-mar- TEE-ah) Greek: failure; error; sin
In Aristotle's Poetics, the "tragic flaw" of the protagonist. Scholars differ as to whether Aristotle was referring primarily to a character's ignorance of certain facts or to a character's moral defect.
The character trait or action which causes the tragic hero to come to grief ( SG 157-158).