forcible-feeble

Forcible-feeble

For"ci*ble-fee`ble\, a. [From Feeble, a character in the Second Part of Shakespeare's "King Henry IV.," to whom Falstaff derisively applies the epithet "forcible."] Seemingly vigorous, but really weak or insipid.

He [Prof. Ayton] would purge his book of much offensive matter, if he struck out epithets which are in the bad taste of the forcible-feeble school. --N. Brit. Review.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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