|Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.|
|Class I. Words Expressing Abstract Relations|
|Section VIII. Causation|
| 2. Connection Between Cause and Effect|
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|NOUN:||WEAKNESS &c. adj.; debility, atony, relaxation, languor, enervation; impotence [See Impotence]; infirmity, effeminacy, feminality; fragility, flaccidity; inactivity [See Inactivity].|
[COMPARISONS] reed, thread, rope of sand, house of cards, house built on sand.
ANÆMIA, bloodlessness, deficiency of blood, poverty of blood.
INVALIDATION; declension -, loss -, failure- of strength; delicacy, decrepitude, asthenia, adynamy [rare], cachexia or cachexy, sprain, strain.
WEAKLING; softling [obs.]; infant [See Infant]; youth [See Youth].
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|VERB:||BE WEAK &c. adj.; drop, crumble, give way, totter, dodder, tremble, shake, halt, limp, fade, languish, decline, flag, fail, have one foot in the grave.|
RENDER WEAK &c. adj.; weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, invalidate, shake, deprive of strength, relax, enervate; unbrace, unnerve; cripple, unman &c. (render powerless) [See Impotence]; cramp, reduce, sprain, strain, blunt the edge of; dilute, impoverish; decimate; extenuate; reduce in strength, reduce the strength of; mettre de leau dans son vin [F.].
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|ADJECTIVE:||WEAK, feeble, debile [obs.]; impotent [See Impotence]; relaxed, unnerved &c. v.; sapless, strengthless, powerless; weakly, unstrung, flaccid, adynamic, asthenic; nervous.|
SOFT, effeminate, feminate [obs.], womanish.
FRAIL, fragile, shattery; flimsy, sleazy, gossamery, papery, unsubstantial, gimcrack, gingerbread; rickety, jerry-built, kucha or kachcha [Hind.], cranky; craichy [dial. Eng.], drooping, tottering, doddering [colloq.] &c. v.; broken, lame, withered, shattered, shaken, crazy, shaky, tumbledown; palsied [See Impotence]; decrepit.
UNSOUND, poor, infirm; faint, faintish; sickly (disease) [See Disease]; dull, slack, evanid [obs.], languid; spent, shortwinded, effete; weather-beaten; decayed, rotten, forworn [archaic], worn, seedy, languishing, wasted, washy, wishy-washy [colloq.], laid low, pulled down, the worse for wear.
UNSTRENGTHENED [See Strength], unsupported, unaided, unassisted; aidless, defenseless [See Impotence].
on its last legs; weak as a -child, - baby, - chicken, - cat, - rat, - rag; weak as -water, - water gruel, - ginger-bread, - milk and water; colorless [See Achromatism].
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- Non sum qualis eram.
- At the hour when sick men mostly die and sentries on lonely ramparts stand to their arms.Dunsany
- To be weak is miserable, Doing or suffering.Milton