weakness

[ week-nis ]
/ ˈwik nɪs /

noun

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

First recorded in 1250–1300, weakness is from the Middle English word weikenes. See weak, -ness
SYNONYMS FOR weakness
2 flaw. See fault.
3 penchant, passion, hunger, appetite.
Related formsnon·weak·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for weaknesses

weakness

/ (ˈwiːknɪs) /

noun

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 weaknesses

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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Idioms and Phrases with weaknesses

weakness


see have a weakness for.

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