- the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like; feebleness.
- an inadequate or defective quality, as in a person's character; slight fault or defect: to show great sympathy for human weaknesses.
- a self-indulgent liking or special fondness, as for a particular thing: I've always had a weakness for the opera.
- an object of special desire; something very difficult to resist: Chocolates were her weakness.
Origin of weakness
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1. fragility. 2. flaw. See fault. 3. penchant, passion, hunger, appetite.
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Making an effort to rise, he seemed surprised at his own weakness.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
In spite of her calculations, in spite of her love of money, he could make her feel her weakness.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Would he be strong or weak; and what would be weakness, and what strength, in a position so strange?Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
You have summoned me in my weakness; you must sustain me by your strength.
Be happy, and rejoice in your weakness—but turn now to the strong for strength.
- the state or quality of being weak
- a deficiency or failing, as in a person's character
- a self-indulgent fondness or likinga weakness for chocolates
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Word Origin and History for weakness
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with weakness
see have a weakness for.
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