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frailty

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Synonyms and Antonyms of frailty

  1. 1 a defect in character selfishness is a common human frailty Synonyms of frailty demerit, dereliction, failing, foible, fault, shortcoming, sin, vice, want, weaknessWords Related to frailty blot, spot, stain; blemish, deficiency, flaw, imperfection, minus, nit; Achilles' heel, soft spot; corruption, depravity, evil, immorality, sinfulness, wickednessNear Antonyms of frailty excellence, perfection; goodness, integrity, morality, probity, rectitude, righteousnessAntonyms of frailty merit, virtue

  2. 2 the quality or state of lacking physical strength or vigor frailty doesn't affect all elderly people, for many are indeed healthy and strong Synonyms of frailty asthenia, debilitation, debility, delicacy, enervation, enfeeblement, faintness, feebleness, fragility, frailness, weakness, infirmity, languidness, languor, listlessness, lowness, wimpinessWords Related to frailty decay, decrepitude; breakdown, collapse, prostration; exhaustion, fatigue, lassitude, weariness; defenselessness, helplessness, impotence, impuissance, powerlessness; effeteness, softness, tenderness; disablement, incapacitation, invalidism; damage, harm, hurt, impairment, injuryNear Antonyms of frailty energy, vitality; brawniness, fitness, heftiness, huskiness, lustiness, muscularity, virility; hardness, ruggedness, stoutness, sturdiness, toughness; health, healthiness, soundness, wellnessAntonyms of frailty hardihood, hardiness, robustness, strength, vigor

  3. 3 the quality or state of lacking strength of will or character the frailty shown by the apostle Peter when he denied Jesus three times Synonyms of frailty frailness, weakness, softness, spinelessness, wimpiness, wimpishness, wishy-washinessWords Related to frailty collapse; failing, flaw, foible, peccadillo; evil, immorality, wickedness; corruption, corruptnessNear Antonyms of frailty discipline, self-discipline; goodness, integrity, morality, rectitude, righteousness, rightness, uprightness, virtuousnessAntonyms of frailty backbone, chutzpah (also chutzpa or hutzpah or hutzpa), firmness, fortitude, hardihood, mettle, moxie, nerve, resoluteness, strength, toughness

Synonym Discussion of frailty

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

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