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flawed

[flawd] /flɔd/
adjective
1.
characterized by flaws; having imperfections:
a flawed gem; a seriously flawed piece of work.
Origin of flawed
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; flaw1 + -ed3
Related forms
flawedness, noun
nonflawed, adjective
unflawed, adjective

flaw1

[flaw] /flɔ/
noun
1.
a feature that mars the perfection of something; defect; fault:
beauty without flaw; the flaws in our plan.
2.
a defect impairing legal soundness or validity.
3.
a crack, break, breach, or rent.
verb (used with object)
4.
to produce a flaw in.
verb (used without object)
5.
to contract a flaw; become cracked or defective.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English flaw(e), flage, perhaps < Old Norse flaga sliver, flake
Related forms
flawless, adjective
Synonyms
1. imperfection, blot, spot. 3. fissure, rift.
Synonym Study
1. See defect.
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Examples from the Web for flawed
Contemporary Examples
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  • They may be flawed—they may be true—hardly any one has thought of sounding them.

  • And yet much of Tarkington's work is flawed by a curious failing.

    Seeing Things at Night Heywood Broun
  • The clear mirror had caught its own image clearly in the flawed one at last.

    The Turmoil Booth Tarkington
  • And it was something golden and immortal in her poor, flawed, human heart.

    The Brimming Cup Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • It is the American story—a story of flawed and fallible people, united across the generations by grand and enduring ideals.

British Dictionary definitions for flawed

flaw1

/flɔː/
noun
1.
an imperfection, defect, or blemish
2.
a crack, breach, or rift
3.
(law) an invalidating fault or defect in a document or proceeding
verb
4.
to make or become blemished, defective, or imperfect
Derived Forms
flawless, adjective
flawlessly, adverb
flawlessness, noun
Word Origin
C14: probably from Old Norse flaga stone slab; related to Swedish flaga chip, flake, flaw

flaw2

/flɔː/
noun
1.
  1. a sudden short gust of wind; squall
  2. a spell of bad, esp windy, weather
2.
(obsolete) an outburst of strong feeling
Derived Forms
flawy, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of Scandinavian origin; related to Norwegian flaga squall, gust, Middle Dutch vlāghe
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Word Origin and History for flawed

flaw

v.

early 15c. (implied in flawed); see flaw (n.). Related: Flawing.

flaw

n.

early 14c., "a flake" (of snow), also in Middle English "a spark of fire; a splinter," from Old Norse flaga "stone slab, flake" (see flagstone); sense of "defect, fault" first recorded 1580s, first of character, later (c.1600) of material things; probably via notion of a "fragment" broken off.

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