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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WEAK

My hope is weak that I shall ever again see you, yet it is possible.

When the Kings were weak the nobles often managed to get hold of the State.

Would he be strong or weak; and what would be weakness, and what strength, in a position so strange?

For history does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.

She had no affection for this selfish invalid, this weak, peevish bully.

Also, as a rule, he was weak enough to accept a gift when the stranger parted.

He must either be strong and rule; or he must be weak and go down.

They are father and mother, and he is the weak, sinning child.

It isn't true that the weak and poor are to be envied beyond the powerful.

I always was weak where the interests of the Argus were concerned.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Old Norse veikr "weak," cognate with Old English wac "weak, pliant, soft," from Proto-Germanic *waikwaz "yield," *wikanan "bend" (cf. Old Saxon wek, Swedish vek, Middle Dutch weec, Dutch week "weak, soft, tender," Old High German weih "yielding, soft," German weich "soft," from PIE root *weik- "to bend, wind" (see vicarious). Sense of "lacking authority" is first recorded early 15c.; that of "lacking moral strength" late 14c. Weak-kneed "wanting in resolve" is from 1870.

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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.