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foi·ble

 (foi′bəl)
n.
1. A minor weakness or failing of character.
2. The weaker section of a sword blade, from the middle to the tip.

[Obsolete French foible, weak point of a sword, weak, from Old French feble, weak; see feeble.]

foible

(ˈfɔɪbəl)
n
1. a slight peculiarity or minor weakness; idiosyncrasy
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) the most vulnerable part of a sword's blade, from the middle to the tip. Compare forte12
[C17: from obsolete French, from obsolete adj: feeble]

foi•ble

(ˈfɔɪ bəl)

n.
1. a minor weakness or failing of character.
2. a quirk or eccentricity of character.
3. the part of a sword or foil blade between the middle and the point, less strong than the forte.
[1640–50; < French, variant of faible feeble]
syn: See fault.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foible - a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individualfoible - a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
2.foible - the weaker part of a sword's blade from the forte to the tip
part, portion - something less than the whole of a human artifact; "the rear part of the house"; "glue the two parts together"
sword, steel, blade, brand - a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard

foible

foible

noun
An imperfection of character:
Translations

foible

[ˈfɔɪbl] Nmanía f

foible

[ˈfɔɪbəl] ntravers m

foible

nEigenheit f

foible

[ˈfɔɪbl] ndebolezza, mania
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Now that was tact, for two of the ruling foibles of the masculine mind were touched.
But this is a harmless little foible in the English whale-hunters, which the Nantucketer does not take much to heart; probably, because he knows that he has a few foibles himself.
Fortunately for those who pay their court through such foibles, a fond mother, though, in pursuit of praise for her children, the most rapacious of human beings, is likewise the most credulous; her demands are exorbitant; but she will swallow any thing; and the excessive affection and endurance of the Miss Steeles towards her offspring were viewed therefore by Lady Middleton without the smallest surprise or distrust.
e, (to express the general conflict,) and it evinced some indifference to the honour of the country; but it was spoken by Athelstane, whom he held in such profound respect, that he would not trust himself to canvass his motives or his foibles.
She had a lively perception of the foibles of others, and no reverence for her seniors, whom she thought dull, cautious, and ridiculously amenable by commonplaces.
But what becomes of your innate evidence of worth in friendship," asked Miss Emmerson; "I thought that was the most infallible of all kinds of testimony: surely that must bring you intimately acquainted with each other's secret foibles too.
I do believe, if my brother could have got back to France, he would have written a book on America, which, while it overlooked many vices and foibles that deserve to be cut up without mercy, would have thrown even de Tocqueville into the shade in the way of political blunders.
His foibles - faults if you like - will never be dwelt upon in any memorandum of mine," he declares, and goes on - "he whose splendid and matchless achievements will be remembered with admiration while there is gratitude in the hearts of Britons, or while a ship floats upon the ocean; he whose example on the breaking out of the war gave so chivalrous an impulse to the younger men of the service that all rushed into rivalry of daring which disdained every warning of prudence, and led to acts of heroic enterprise which tended greatly to exalt the glory of our nation.
She must have thought from his silence and gravity afterwards that he was very much displeased with her, that he was inclined to be harsh and severe towards her foibles.
At times I wondered what she meant by giving herself such trouble to win me, when the more profitable Pelet was already in her nets, and when, too, she was aware that I possessed her secret, for I had not scrupled to tell her as much: but the fact is that as it was her nature to doubt the reality and under-value the worth of modesty, affection, disinterestedness--to regard these qualities as foibles of character--so it was equally her tendency to consider pride, hardness, selfishness, as proofs of strength.
The death of Marmaduke’s father, and the consequent division of his small estate, rendered such an offer extremely acceptable to the young Pennsylvanian; he felt his own powers, and saw, not only the excellences, but the foibles in the character of his friend.
With all his faults and foibles, we cannot but speak of him with esteem, and deplore his untimely fate; for we remember him well in early life, as a companion in pleasant scenes and joyous hours.