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foible

[foi-buh l] /ˈfɔɪ bəl/
noun
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).
Origin of foible
1640-1650
1640-50; < French, obsolete form of faible feeble
Synonyms
1. frailty, quirk, crotchet, eccentricity, peculiarity. See fault.
Antonyms
1. strength.
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foible

/ˈfɔɪbəl/
noun
1.
a slight peculiarity or minor weakness; idiosyncrasy
2.
the most vulnerable part of a sword's blade, from the middle to the tip Compare forte1 (sense 2)
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete French, from obsolete adj: feeble
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Word Origin and History for foible
n.

1640s, "weak point of a sword blade" (contrasted to forte), from French foible (n.), from obsolete foible (adj.) "weak," from Old French foible "feeble," dissimilated from Lain flebilis (see feeble). Extended sense of "weak point of character" is first recorded 1670s. Related: Foibles.

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