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The Collaborative Dictionary

Weakness \Weak"ness\, n.
The quality or state of being weak; want of strength or firmness; lack of vigor; want of resolution or of moral strength; feebleness. [1913 Webster]
That which is a mark of lack of strength or resolution; a fault; a defect. [1913 Webster] Many take pleasure in spreading abroad the weakness of an exalted character. --Spectator. [1913 Webster] Syn: Feebleness; debility; languor; imbecility; infirmness; infirmity; decrepitude; frailty; faintness. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

weakness

Noun

1 a flaw or weak point; "he was quick to point out his wife's failings" [syn: failing]
2 powerlessness revealed by an inability to act; "in spite of their weakness the group remains highly active" [syn: helplessness, impuissance]
3 the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain; "his weakness increased as he became older"; "the weakness of the span was overlooked until it collapsed" [ant: strength]
4 the condition of being financially weak; "the weakness of the dollar against the yen" [ant: strength]
5 a penchant for something even though it might not be good for you; "he has a weakness for chocolate"

Moby Thesaurus

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English

Etymology

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. The condition of being weak.
    In a small number of horses, muscle weakness may progress to paralysis.
  2. A special fondness or desire.
    She is an athlete who has a weakness for chocolate.

Translations

the condition of being weak
a special fondness
  • Czech: slabost
  • Finnish: heikkous
  • French: faible
  • German: Schwäche
  • Norwegian: svakhet
  • Polish: słabość do
  • Portuguese: queda , fraco
  • Russian: слабость
  • Swedish: svaghet
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