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foible

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Definition a peculiar behavioral trait in an individual — perhaps a weakness, but never important
  • He sang Lord Robert to sleep every night, and tweaked the noses of Lady Lysa's suitors with verses that made mock of their foibles.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • She didn't know all my foibles and shortcomings.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • For all of Mum's foibles, she didn't mistake sludge for coffee.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Everybody knew of Gawaine's foible.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • We all have our little foibles, and mine is the prompt settling of accounts.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • K. took this to be just a foible of the painter's, and it irritated him as it made him lose time.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • Surely I don't have to remind you that our professional duty is not to our own foibles and sentiments, but to the wishes of our employer.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • I don't choose to discuss scandal out loud: A woman laughs at these masculine foibles, And never plagues her mate with paltry troubles.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Now that was tact, for two of the ruling foibles of the masculine mind were touched.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Marguerite Blakeney was, above all, a woman, with all a woman's fascinating foibles, all a woman's most lovable sins.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • But that foible his father had of increasing his age to magnify his guilt had long ago become familiar to him.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Most Loonies ignored them and granted them their foibles.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • They made up for the respect with which unconsciously they treated him by laughing at his foibles and lamenting his vices.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • While she has been doing all these things, you no doubt have been observing her failings and foibles and deciding what effect they have had on her opinions.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • You select great materials; the foibles, the afflictions of human nature, the peculiarities of nations!
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • So she headed toward Cop Central, rested, well fed, and in her newly repaired vehicle, which in under five blocks decided to surprise her with a new foible.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • He knew that this was like the sudden impulse of a madman—incongruous even with his habitual foibles.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • You select great materials; the foibles, the afflictions of human nature, the peculiarities of nations!
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • She worked with too many therapists, saw that they were human, full of foibles, in need of help themselves.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • Catherine feared, as she listened to their discourse, that he indulged himself a little too much with the foibles of others.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey

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