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[week-nis] /ˈwik nɪs/
the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like; feebleness.
an inadequate or defective quality, as in a person's character; slight fault or defect:
to show great sympathy for human weaknesses.
a self-indulgent liking or special fondness, as for a particular thing:
I've always had a weakness for the opera.
an object of special desire; something very difficult to resist:
Chocolates were her weakness.
1250-1300; Middle English weikenes. See weak, -ness
Related forms
nonweakness, noun
1. fragility. 2. flaw. See fault. 3. penchant, passion, hunger, appetite.
1. strength. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for weakness
  • Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is an inherited disorder that causes occasional episodes of muscle weakness.
  • More benign areas of weakness are things such as shyness.
  • Many people still chalk up the destructive behavior of a drug addict to a lack of willpower or weakness of character.
  • She will always find a weakness and expose it to us.
  • The bat's weakness as well as its strength lies in its wings.
  • Always spin your weakness into something positive if they ask that dreaded question about your weakness.
  • If a recession is beginning and employees have to be laid off, a dedicated workforce might be a weakness.
  • It may cause weakness in muscles as well as heart, liver, and spleen damage.
  • Earthquakes occur when such faults slip due to weakness or stress.
  • However, this dependence on the television was something of a weakness.
British Dictionary definitions for weakness


the state or quality of being weak
a deficiency or failing, as in a person's character
a self-indulgent fondness or liking: a weakness for chocolates
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Word Origin and History for weakness

c.1300, "quality of being weak," from weak + -ness. Meaning "a disadvantage, vulnerability" is from 1590s. That of "self-indulgent fondness" is from 1712; meaning "thing for which one has an indulgent fondness" is from 1822.

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Idioms and Phrases with weakness


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