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failing

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a defect in character
  • we could talk about your failings, but it would take all night
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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

failing

verb , present participle of fail

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1 to stop functioning
  • my car failed just as I was about to head to work
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3 to fall short in satisfying the expectation or hope of
  • although the minor-league franchise continues to fail local fans, hope springs eternal
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4 to lose bodily strength or vigor
  • ever since she reached the age of 90, Grandma has been noticeably failing
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5 to miss the opportunity or obligation
  • failed to mention that he was looking for new job
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