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[shawrt-kuhm-ing] /ˈʃɔrtˌkʌm ɪŋ/
a failure, defect, or deficiency in conduct, condition, thought, ability, etc.:
a social shortcoming; a shortcoming of his philosophy.
Origin of shortcoming
First recorded in 1670-80; short + coming
fault, flaw, failing, weakness. Unabridged
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  • She believed it was some fault, some shortcoming, of hers that had kept it from her.

    The Crooked House

    Brandon Fleming
  • Could their relationship fail because of this shortcoming on her part?

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • But be it said that his ill success was due to no fault or shortcoming of his.

    The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • They are, unhappily, temperate and accurate,—except in shortcoming of blame.

  • Madame did not receive this shortcoming of the courtier very favorably.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Evidently old Marda meant to atone for the shortcoming of the noon.

    Ramona Helen Hunt Jackson
  • That was the way they put it now among themselves, Mabel's shortcoming.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for shortcoming


a failing, defect, or deficiency
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shortcoming

1670s, from the phrase to come short "be inadequate" (1570s); see short (adj.). Related: Shortcomings.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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