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manqué

[mahng-key; French mahn-key]
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adjective
  1. having failed, missed, or fallen short, especially because of circumstances or a defect of character; unsuccessful; unfulfilled or frustrated (usually used postpositively): a poet manqué who never produced a single book of verse.
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Origin of manqué

1770–80; < French, past participle of manquer to lack, be short of < Italian mancare, derivative of manco lacking, defective < Medieval Latin, Late Latin mancus (Latin: feeble, literally, maimed, having a useless hand, probably derivative of manus hand)
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British Dictionary definitions for manqué

manqué

adjective
  1. (postpositive) unfulfilled; potential; would-bethe manager is an actor manqué
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Word Origin

C19: literally: having missed
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Word Origin and History for manqué

manque

adj.

1778, from French manqué (fem. manquée), past participle of manquer "to miss, be lacking" (16c.), from Italian mancare, from manco, from Latin mancus "maimed, defective," from PIE *man-ko- "maimed in the hand," from root *man- "hand" (see manual (adj.)).

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