Definition of foible in English:

foible

Line breaks: foi¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈfɔɪb(ə)l
 
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noun

1A minor weakness or eccentricity in someone’s character: they have to tolerate each other’s little foibles
More example sentences
  • Do you think they just have a screenwriting computer programme that builds in all these character flaws and foibles?
  • He is certainly an avuncular figure, more paternal than patriarchal, yet even his faults and foibles are masculine in character.
  • Character faults and foibles surface slowly and are dealt with compassionately.
Synonyms
weakness, weak point, weak spot, failing, shortcoming, flaw, imperfection, blemish, fault, defect, frailty, infirmity, inadequacy, limitation; quirk, kink, idiosyncrasy, eccentricity, peculiarity, abnormality; Achilles heel, chink in one's armour
informal hang-up
2 Fencing The part of a sword blade from the middle to the point. Compare with forte1.
More example sentences
  • Again footwork is often required to create the correct distance to allow you to parry the foible of the attacking blade.
  • This technique begins at the instant when the foible of the adversary's blade is against the forte of your blade.
  • He parries with his foible when a feint is close but his real defense is his feet.

Origin

late 16th century (as an adjective in the sense 'feeble'): from obsolete French, in Old French fieble (see feeble). Both noun senses also formerly occurred as senses of the word feeble and all date from the 17th century.

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