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foible

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noun foi·ble \ˈfȯi-bəl\

Simple Definition of foible

  • : a minor fault in someone's character or behavior

Full Definition of foible

  1. 1 :  the part of a sword or foil blade between the middle and point

  2. 2 :  a minor flaw or shortcoming in character or behavior :  weakness <admired their teacher despite his foibles>

Examples of foible

  1. <could tolerate my uncle's foibles because we loved him dearly>



Origin of foible

obsolete French (now faible), from obsolete foible weak, from Old French feble feeble


First Known Use: circa 1648

Synonym Discussion of foible

fault, failing, frailty, foible, vice mean an imperfection or weakness of character. fault implies a failure, not necessarily culpable, to reach some standard of perfection in disposition, action, or habit <a writer of many virtues and few faults>. failing suggests a minor shortcoming in character <being late is a failing of mine>. frailty implies a general or chronic proneness to yield to temptation <human frailties>. foible applies to a harmless or endearing weakness or idiosyncrasy <an eccentric's charming foibles>. vice can be a general term for any imperfection or weakness, but it often suggests violation of a moral code or the giving of offense to the moral sensibilities of others <compulsive gambling was his vice>.

FOIBLE Defined for Kids

foible

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noun foi·ble \ˈfȯi-bəl\

Definition of foible

  1. :  an unimportant weakness or failing <silly human foibles>





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