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shortcoming

[shawrt-kuhm-ing] /ˈʃɔrtˌkʌm ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a failure, defect, or deficiency in conduct, condition, thought, ability, etc.:
a social shortcoming; a shortcoming of his philosophy.
Origin of shortcoming
1670-1680
1670-80; short + coming
Synonyms
fault, flaw, failing, weakness.
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  • The shortcomings of the clergy had long been part of the stock-in-trade of almost all the Deistical writers.

    The English Church in the Eighteenth Century Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
  • The Master said, His shortcomings trouble a gentleman; to be unknown does not trouble him.

  • This prejudice in favor of man does not seem to be destroyed by his shortcomings for ages.

    At Home And Abroad Margaret Fuller Ossoli
  • They have became agents of change in spite of all the shortcomings of education.

  • Therefore, for all our miseries and shortcomings, we hold responsible the historical surprises that burst upon us from outside.

    Nationalism Rabindranath Tagore
British Dictionary definitions for shortcomings

shortcoming

/ˈʃɔːtˌkʌmɪŋ/
noun
1.
a failing, defect, or deficiency
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Word Origin and History for shortcomings

shortcoming

n.

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

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