a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defect: an all-too-human foible.
the weaker part of a sword blade, between the middle and the point (opposed to forte ).

1640–50; < French, obsolete form of faible feeble

1. frailty, quirk, crotchet, eccentricity, peculiarity. See fault.

1. strength. Unabridged
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foible (ˈfɔɪbəl)
1.  a slight peculiarity or minor weakness; idiosyncrasy
2.  Compare forte the most vulnerable part of a sword's blade, from the middle to the tip
[C17: from obsolete French, from obsolete adj: feeble]

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Word Origin & History

1640s, "weak point of a sword blade" (contrasted to forte), from Fr. foible (adj.) "weak," from O.Fr. foible "feeble," dissimilated from L. flebilis (see feeble). Extended sense of "weak point of character" is first recorded 1670s. Related: Foibles.
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Example sentences
Her decision seems to have been tolerated as a personal foible and a matter for gossip.
Both fly-fishing and writing abound with foible and reward.
It denies the existence of fear and greed and every human grace and foible.
If your recommender is moderately well known and people know that she has this foible, you are still fine.
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