#160. Weakness.-- N. weakness &c. adj.; debility, atony[obs], relaxation, languor, enervation; impotence &c. 158; infirmity; effeminacy, feminality[obs]; fragility, flaccidity; inactivity &c. 683.
anaemia, bloodlessness, deficiency of blood, poverty of blood.
declension of strength, loss of strength, failure of strength; delicacy, invalidation, decrepitude, asthenia[obs], adynamy[obs], cachexy[obs], cachexia[Med], sprain, strain.
reed, thread, rope of sand, house of cards.
softling[obs], weakling; infant &c. 129; youth &c. 127.
V. be weak &c. adj.; drop, crumble, give way, totter, tremble, shake, halt, limp, fade, languish, decline, flag, fail, have one leg in the grave.
render weak &c. adj.; weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, shake, deprive of strength, relax, enervate, eviscerate; unbrace, unnerve; cripple, unman &c. (render powerless) 158; cramp, reduce, sprain, strain, blunt the edge of; dilute, impoverish; decimate; extenuate; reduce in strength, reduce the strength of; mettre de l'eau dans son vin[Fr].
Adj. weak, feeble, debile|; impotent &c. 158; relaxed, unnerved, &c. v.; sapless, strengthless[obs], powerless; weakly, unstrung, flaccid, adynamic[obs], asthenic[obs]; nervous.
soft, effeminate, feminate[obs], womanly.
frail, fragile, shattery[obs]; flimsy, unsubstantial, insubstantial, gimcrack, gingerbread; rickety, creaky, creaking, cranky; craichy[obs]; drooping, tottering &c. v..
broken, lame, withered, shattered, shaken, crazy, shaky; palsied &c. 158; decrepit.
languid, poor, infirm; faint, faintish[obs]; sickly &c. (disease) 655; dull, slack, evanid|, spent, short-winded, effete; weather-beaten; decayed, rotten, worn, seedy, languishing, wasted, washy, laid low, pulled down, the worse for wear.
unstrengthened &c. 159[obs], unsupported, unaided, unassisted; aidless[obs], defenseless &c. 158; cantilevered (support) 215.
on its last legs; weak as a child, weak as a baby, weak as a chicken, weak as a cat, weak as a rat; weak as water, weak as water gruel, weak as gingerbread, weak as milk and water; colorless &c. 429.
Phr. non sum qualis eram[Lat].