Meaning of WEAKNESS in English


/week"nis/ , n.

1. the state or quality of being weak; lack of strength, firmness, vigor, or the like; feebleness.

2. an inadequate or defective quality, as in a person's character; slight fault or defect: to show great sympathy for human weaknesses.

3. a self-indulgent liking or special fondness, as for a particular thing: I've always had a weakness for the opera.

4. an object of special desire; something very difficult to resist: Chocolates were her weakness.

[ 1250-1300; ME weikenes. See WEAK, -NESS ]

Syn. 1. fragility. 2. flaw. See fault. 3. penchant, passion, hunger, appetite.

Ant. 1. strength.

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