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weakness

[week-nis] /ˈwik nɪs/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like; feebleness.
2.
an inadequate or defective quality, as in a person's character; slight fault or defect:
to show great sympathy for human weaknesses.
3.
a self-indulgent liking or special fondness, as for a particular thing:
I've always had a weakness for the opera.
4.
an object of special desire; something very difficult to resist:
Chocolates were her weakness.
Origin of weakness
1250-1300
First recorded in 1250-1300, weakness is from the Middle English word weikenes. See weak, -ness
Related forms
nonweakness, noun
Synonyms
1. fragility. 2. flaw. See fault. 3. penchant, passion, hunger, appetite.
Antonyms
1. strength.
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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
  • Be happy, and rejoice in your weakness—but turn now to the strong for strength.

  • You have summoned me in my weakness; you must sustain me by your strength.

British Dictionary definitions for weakness

weakness

/ˈwiːknɪs/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being weak
2.
a deficiency or failing, as in a person's character
3.
a self-indulgent fondness or liking: a weakness for chocolates
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Word Origin and History for weakness
n.

c.1300, "quality of being weak," from weak + -ness. Meaning "a disadvantage, vulnerability" is from 1590s. That of "self-indulgent fondness" is from 1712; meaning "thing for which one has an indulgent fondness" is from 1822.

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