: the part of a sword or foil blade between the middle and point
: a minor flaw or shortcoming in character or behavior : weakness
admired their teacher despite his foibles
… talent is always balanced by foible.—Janna Malamud Smith
could tolerate my uncle's foibles because we loved him dearly
Recent Examples on the Web But even if human foibles contribute to technological errors, there is reason for public suspicion. —Matt Bradley, NBC News, 16 May 2023 Now, hearing about the new restaurant’s foibles, Dudas sighed. —Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2023 By making Athena into an avatar of literary ruthlessness, Kuang transforms what could have been a character with foibles and compulsions into a universal, and thus somewhat boring, archetype: the writer who wrecks her relationships and transgresses every boundary for the sake of her work. —Zoe Hu, Washington Post, 12 May 2023 That drew a horselaugh from veteran investor Jim Chanos, whose experience as a short-seller has given him a uniquely percipient feel for Wall Street foibles. —Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2023 Brown’s sympathy for the imperatives of the crown as an institution is balanced by her keen eye for the foibles of those who wear it. —Sophia Nguyen, Washington Post, 2 May 2023 At 74, Charles is a familiar figure, one whose foibles have been dissected in the news media for decades and who still presides over a dysfunctional family. —Mark Landler, BostonGlobe.com, 1 May 2023 Their focus, however, is very much the foibles and malaise of the modern age. —Pablo Sandoval, Variety, 21 Apr. 2023 The Kansas City Royals have experimented with a two-man outfield this season, and have been burned repeatedly, but one team’s foibles don’t move the industry averages. —Tony Blengino, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 See More
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