"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults


[shawrt-kuhm-ing] /ˈʃɔrtˌkʌm ɪŋ/
a failure, defect, or deficiency in conduct, condition, thought, ability, etc.:
a social shortcoming; a shortcoming of his philosophy.
Origin of shortcoming
1670-80; short + coming
fault, flaw, failing, weakness. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shortcomings
  • If you don't own the shortcomings you can't take credit for the successes.
  • He was a boastful lout and a petty thief, who was a great source of pride to his father, despite his many shortcomings.
  • Writer tells of the shortcomings of the realistic stories with which many parents have replaced fairy tales.
  • Whatever were his shortcomings, his industry was prodigious.
  • We are now in position to consider the shortcomings of this comparison.
  • But its shortcomings are to be supplied, and its deceptions to be corrected.
  • He's the kind of talent that will make people forget his shortcomings as a human being.
  • That's a tempting idea but it has some shortcomings.
  • Most owners loved those cars, and they were fully committed to living with their shortcomings.
  • Visual selective-attention models, however, still have many shortcomings.
British Dictionary definitions for shortcomings


a failing, defect, or deficiency
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shortcomings



1670s, from the phrase to come short "be inadequate" (1570s); see short (adj.). Related: Shortcomings.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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