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English noun: flaw

1. flaw (state) an imperfection in an object or machine

SamplesA flaw caused the crystal to shatter.
If there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer.

Synonymsdefect, fault

Broader (hypernym)imperfection, imperfectness

Narrower (hyponym)blister, bug, glitch, hole

2. flaw (state) defect or weakness in a person's character

SamplesHe had his flaws, but he was great nonetheless.

Broader (hypernym)failing, weakness

Narrower (hyponym)hamartia, tragic flaw

3. flaw (state) an imperfection in a plan or theory or legal document that causes it to fail or that reduces its effectiveness

Broader (hypernym)imperfection, imperfectness

English verb: flaw

1. flaw (change) add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)damage

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