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You know vanity is not my foible, therefore I need not fear your censure.

Vanity had been the foible of her childish years; it was now the vice of her womanhood.

Mrs. Vint had pricked his conscience, but she had wounded his foible.

His foible is, a canine appetite for popularity and fame; but he will get above this.

I am afraid my mother is rather exacting; it is a Blake foible.'

I have a foible for the English in spite of that vilain petit Boulby.

“If I have a foible, it is under-statement,” returned Hadria, with a half-smile.

Do you know that you have one little infinitesimal ewe-lamb of a foible?

Omniscience may be a foible of men, but it is not so of books.

But simplicity is not a foible of the religious mind of India.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, "weak point of a sword blade" (contrasted to forte), from French foible (n.), from obsolete foible (adj.) "weak," from Old French foible "feeble," dissimilated from Lain flebilis (see feeble). Extended sense of "weak point of character" is first recorded 1670s. Related: Foibles.

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