V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a slight flaw or failing of character that is a harmless, but slight weakness; 2. the weakest part of a fencing sword blade from the middle to the point

Synonyms: imperfection, frailty, failing, shortcoming, defect, quirk

Antonyms: strength, perfection

Tips: A foible is a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to the individual, a foolish habit. In fencing, the foible is the weakest part of the sword, the easiest part of the sword to break. Foible is used to describe a person's faults and weaknesses as well. We all have our foibles. A good way to temper gossip or criticism is to remind people that everyone has their foible (week point).

Usage Examples:

He overcame his foible of chronic tardiness by reminding himself not to be selfish with other people's time. (shortcoming, defect)

The foible portion of the fencing sword blade is weaker, but has more agility and speed. (weakest point)

Interrupting people while they are speaking is probably his greatest foible. (weakness, shortcoming)

His greatest driving foible is that he refuses to use his turn-signal before changing lanes. (quirk, shortcoming)

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