foible

  • 1 foible — FOIBLE. adj. de tout genre. Debile, Qui manque de force. Il est encore foible de sa maladie. avoir les jambes foibles. avoir la veuë foible. ce cheval est trop foible pour porter une si grande charge. On dit, Dans une âge foible, pour dire, Dans… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 2 foible — (n.) 1640s, weak point of a sword blade (contrasted to forte), from Fr. foible (n.), from obsolete foible (adj.) weak, from O.Fr. foible feeble, dissimilated from L. flebilis (see FEEBLE (Cf. feeble)). Extended sense of weak point of character is …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 Foible — Foi ble, a. [OF. foible. See {Feeble}.] Weak; feeble. [Obs.] Lord Herbert. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 foible — Foible, Debilis, Imbecillis vel imbecillus, Infirmus, voyez Flebe. Fort foible, Perimbecillus …

    Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • 5 Foible — Foi ble, n. 1. A moral weakness; a failing; a weak point; a frailty. [1913 Webster] A disposition radically noble and generous, clouded and overshadowed by superficial foibles. De Quincey. [1913 Webster] 2. The half of a sword blade or foil blade …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 foible — I noun blemish, defect, deficiency, demerit, failing, failure, fault, flaw, frailty, frailty of character, human weakness, imperfection, lack, limitation, moral weakness, need, problem, room for improvement, shortcoming, vice, vitium, want, weak… …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 foible — et foiblesse et foiblir Voy. faible, faiblesse, faiblir …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 8 foible — failing, *fault, frailty, vice Analogous words: weakness, infirmity (see corresponding adjectives at WEAK): defect, flaw, *blemish: aberration, *deviation …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 foible — [n] personal imperfection characteristic, defect, eccentricity, failing, fault, frailty, idiosyncrasy, infirmity, kink, mannerism, oddity, peculiarity, quirk, shortcoming, singularity, vice, weakness, weak point; concepts 411,644 Ant. strength …

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  • 10 foible — ► NOUN ▪ a minor weakness or eccentricity. ORIGIN French, obsolete form of Old French fieble feeble …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 foible — [foi′bəl] n. [obs. var. of Fr faible: see FEEBLE] 1. a small weakness; slight frailty in character 2. the weakest part of a sword blade, from the middle to the point: cf. FORTE1 (sense 1) SYN. FAULT …

    English World dictionary

  • 12 foible — n. a human foible * * * [ fɔɪb(ə)l] a human foible …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 foible — UK [ˈfɔɪb(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms foible : singular foible plural foibles a way of thinking or behaving that is unusual and strange or annoying …

    English dictionary

  • 14 foible — noun Etymology: obsolete French (now faible), from obsolete foible weak, from Old French feble feeble Date: circa 1648 1. the part of a sword or foil blade between the middle and point 2. a minor flaw or shortcoming in character or behavior ;… …

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  • 15 foible — /foy beuhl/, n. 1. a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defect: an all too human foible. 2. the weaker part of a sword blade, between the middle and the point (opposed to forte). [1640 50; < F, obs. form of faible FEEBLE] Syn …

    Universalium

  • 16 foible — [[t]fɔ͟ɪb(ə)l[/t]] foibles N COUNT A foible is a habit or characteristic that someone has which is considered rather strange, foolish, or bad but which is also considered unimportant. ...human foibles and weaknesses. Syn: quirk …

    English dictionary

  • 17 FOIBLE — *  et ses dérivés. Voyez FAIBLE, ETC …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 18 foible — noun /ˈfɔɪbəl/ a) A quirk, idiosyncrasy, or mannerism; unusual habit or way (usage is typically plural), that is slightly strange or silly. Try to look past his foibles and see the friendly fellow underneath. b) A weakness o …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 foible — Synonyms and related words: bad habit, besetting sin, blemish, bug, catch, crack, crotchet, defect, defection, deficiency, drawback, eccentricity, failing, failure, fault, faute, flaw, frailty, hang up, hole, idiosyncrasy, imperfection,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 foible — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. whimsy, weakness. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. weakness, failing, quirk, oddity; see characteristic , defect 2 . See Synonym Study at fault . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) n. [FOY bul] a …

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