foible

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a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual

the weaker part of a sword's blade from the forte to the tip

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I know, my dear, that there exists a considerable disparity between us in years, in temperament, and perhaps some other things; but let me assure you, I shall not be severe to mark the faults and foibles of a young and ardent nature such as yours, and while I acknowledge them to myself, and even rebuke them with all a father's care, believe me, no youthful lover could be more tenderly indulgent towards the object of his affections than I to you; and, on the other hand, let me hope that my more experienced years and graver habits of reflection will be no disparagement in your eyes, as I shall endeavour to make them all conducive to your happiness.
We must be patient, Joe, and bear with old folks' foibles.
My dear Louisa, then consent to receive the submissive representation of your devoted friend, who knows something of several varieties of his excellent fellow-creatures - for excellent they are, I am quite ready to believe, in spite of such little foibles as always helping themselves to what they can get hold of.
For, these are matters totally beneath a female who is acknowledged by universal admission to be far above the numerous little foibles and weaknesses of her sex.
He was thought witty, thanks to his foible for relating a quantity of anecdotes on the reign of Louis XV.
The claims of Esther Dudley's gentle blood were acknowledged by all the successive Governors; and they treated her with the punctilious courtesy which it was her foible to demand, not always with success, from a neglectful world.
All the greatness of each is kept back and every foible in painful activity, as if the Olympians should meet to exchange snuff-boxes.
I think this is a foible, and a disadvantage, but I do not deny it.
Rosa looked at him with gentle compassion; she felt that what she wished was beyond the power of this man, and that he must be taken as he was, with his little foible.
My foible was patriotism; I was ruined by the baneful habit of trying to serve my country.
After all, though statistics are the childish foible of modern statesmen, who think that figures are estimates, we must cipher to estimate.
No foible is too trifling for Chaucer's quiet observation; while if he does not choose to denounce the hypocrisy of the Pardoner and the worldliness of the Monk, he has made their weaknesses sources of amusement (and indeed object-lessons as well) for all the coming generations.
said Ellen, turning away from her fruitless examination, with a sudden lighting of her sprightly blue eyes, that showed she knew how to play with the foible of her learned companion.
The actors hold nothing back in revealing their characters' silliness and self-delusions, but it's also clear that there's a real affection for these people's foibles.
Given the enormity of the Y2K task, the vast number of people assigned to fix the problem, and the element of human foibles, it should come as no surprise that at least one significant theft will occur in the next five years," said Joe Pucciarelli, GartnerGroup analyst.