There are 2 definitions of flaw in English:

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  • 1A mark, blemish, or other imperfection which mars a substance or object: a flaw in the glass
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    • Scratches, marks, dents, stains, blemishes or flaws are worth money to you, because they mean price reductions!
    • Evaluate each garment and clearly mark stains, flaws or worn areas.
    • I sometimes use vintage fabrics, and these tend to have flaws: small marks, fading, tiny pinholes are all typical of vintage fabric.
  • 1.1A fault or weakness in a person’s character: he had his flaws, but he was still a great teacher
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    • Experiencing depression after childbirth isn't a character flaw or a weakness.
    • Fitz is a character filled with flaws and faults, all just waiting for a fissure to weep and seep out of.
    • Doesn't this self-serving recklessness suggest a character flaw, a lack of seriousness, some failure of judgement?
  • 1.2A mistake or shortcoming in a plan, theory, etc. which causes it to fail or reduces its effectiveness: there were fundamental flaws in the case for reforming local government
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    • Leftists have been known to use literary theory to demonstrate flaws in science.
    • He demonstrates logical flaws in the theory and points out its fallacies.
    • Its trading business was launched in 1990, but big flaws in the business plan were already apparent to insiders by 1995.

verb

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  • Mar, weaken, or invalidate (something): the computer game was flawed by poor programming
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    • It was meant as a rebuke but often resulted in flawing the final sculpture; it became too finished, too chaste, and, at times, icily dull.
    • Receiving a nod his crooked half smile appeared, flawing his elegant features.
    • There was no darkness flawing my skin, no dull shadow or slight imperfection to suggest anything had blemished its pale surface.

Origin

Middle English: perhaps from Old Norse flaga 'slab'. The original sense was 'a flake of snow', later, 'a fragment or splinter', hence 'a defect or imperfection' (late 15th century).

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There are 2 definitions of flaw in English:

flaw2

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Pronunciation: /flɔː
 
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noun

literary
  • A squall of wind; a short storm.
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    • High cirrus clouds form white streaks across its surface and a number of dark storms act as flaws and focus for the eye.

Origin

early 16th century: probably from Middle Dutch vlāghe, Middle Low German vlāge.

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